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A Win for Northam is a Win for Working Families in Virginia

Reston, VA (November 8, 2017)- Dennis L. Martire, Vice President and Regional Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), made the following statement today about the outcome of the Virginia election and what it means for LiUNA members:

The votes are in; Ralph Northam is the new governor of Virginia. LiUNA and Northam mutually supported one another from the start. Our members were instrumental in informing voters of Northam’s plans to help working families through phone reminders and knocking on doors in local communities. Not only has Northam said that he will help working families, but his actions have matched that by continuing to fight for projects that provide thousands of good jobs in the area such as the I-95 HOT Lanes, the Silver Line/Dulles Rail project, and the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. With Northam elected governor, these projects will continue progressing and providing opportunities.

Additionally, we supported current and now returning Attorney General Mark Herring as well as current and challenging House delegates. We supported current House leaders Jennifer Boysko, Alfonso Lopez, John Bell, Mike Mullin, and Kathleen Murphy, who won against their challengers, and Mark Sickles, Rip Sullivan, and Vivian Watts, who were uncontested. The House challengers we supported were Hala Ayala, Larry Barnett, Karrie Delaney, Kelly Fowler, Wendy Gooditis, Elizabeth Guzman, David Reid, Shelly Simonds, Donte Tanner, Kathy Tran, Cheryl Turpin, and Schuyler VanValkenburg. All the delegates are confirmed winners with the exception of Larry Barnett, Shelly Simonds, and Donte Tanner who had incredibly close races that may go into recounts. Like Northam, these candidates also support working families and want to see Virginians play a larger role in policy-making again.

We can’t think about Northam, Herring, and our endorsed delegates’ success on Election Day without thinking about the LiUNA power that helped make those wins a reality.


The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Mid-Atlantic Region represents more than 40,000 working men and women in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and North Carolina.