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Historic Political Transformation in Fairfax County

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release

May 13, 2019

CASA in Action: Natali@MateaGroup.com 202.787.1813


Community and Union Leaders Urge Voters to Take Part of Historic Political Transformation in Fairfax County by

Electing Leaders that will Fight for

Living wages, Workers’ Rights, Affordable Housing and Healthcare, Great Schools for All, and Immigrant Justice


WHAT: Press conference urging voters to take part of historic political transformation in Fairfax County

WHEN: Wednesday May 15 at 10am EST

WHERE: SEIU 32BJ, 8618 Westwood Center DR, Suite 308, Vienna, VA 22182

WHO: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors candidate for Chair Jeffrey McKay, Take Action Virginia partners: CASA In Action, SEIU 32BJ, SEIU Virginia 512, UNITE HERE Local 25, Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council (BWLDC), UFCW 400, the Keystone Mountain Lakes Carpenters, IBEW and Firefighters, IAFF Local 2068.


Falls Church, VA -  Local community and labor advocates, along with candidate for Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Jeffrey McKay, will hold a press conference this Wednesday at 10am urging voters to cast their ballots for candidates who will fight for livable wages, affordable housing and healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrant justice and quality schools for all children.


With over 1 million people, Fairfax county is headed this year towards a political transformation, with five of 10 seats open on the Board of Supervisors. The primary election takes place on June 11, 2019.


“This is an extraordinary opportunity to elect a new government that will fight for our families to earn a living wage, so they can afford their homes and all their basic needs to strive,” expressed Luis Aguilar, Virginia Director for CASA in Action. “Whether we are talking about immigrant justice for all our neighbors or quality of schools for all our kids, we must use our voting power this June 11 to elect strong community leaders.”


“The residents of Fairfax County have the chance to reshape the Board of Supervisors and elect leaders who will put the issues of working people front and center on their agenda,” said Victoria Leonard, Political Director for the BWLDC. “We at the BWLDC are excited to be part of that change.”  


"Frontline Fairfax County nurses, social workers, librarians and others work hard every day to make this county a wonderful place. We're proud to support champions for working people, like Jeff McKay, who will fight for good union jobs for all people, with living wages, quality health care, retirement security and rights on the job,” stated Tammie Wondong, Fairfax Chapter President of SEIU Virginia 512, and 30-year county employee.


“With Amazon and a host of new developments headed to Northern Virginia, hospitality workers deserve champions on the board of supervisors who will join them in their fight for fair wages, strong benefits, and dignity on the job,” said Sam Epps, UNITE HERE Local 25’s Political Director.  


“The thousands of men and women who clean and take care of Northern Virginia office buildings and the airports deserve a board of supervisors who are looking out for working people. On June 11, Fairfax County can become a place where working families can thrive,” said Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU Vice President.


“Fairfax County has the opportunity to elect a Board that prioritizes eliminating wage theft and tax fraud in the construction industry. We need to promote responsible  workforce development as part of the County’s process of inclusive growth. That means that construction in Fairfax County includes state-approved apprenticeship programs, local hiring, and family-sustaining wages,” stated Ian Heinz, Political Director for the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters.


For more information, please contact 202.787.1813 or Natali@MateaGroup.com.

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CASA in Action, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the foremost Latino and immigrant organization in the Mid-Atlantic region and a national leader in supporting immigrant families and ensuring that all individuals have the core supports necessary for full participation in society. CASA in Action and CASA in Action PAC endorse candidates that advance its membership’s priorities and facilitates greater engagement of Latinos and voters of color in elections. With nearly 100,000 members, CASA in Action is an individual membership organization of low-income immigrants.  Donations to CASA in Action are not tax-deductible.

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