Democratic incumbent Kathy Dahlkemper announced Monday she has the endorsement of 16 unions in her re-election bid for Erie County Executive.

The unions range from plumbers, steam fitters and steelworks to firefighters, teachers and state and county municipal workers.

Dahlkemper said she is honored to have the unions standing with her.

It is one more piece of the puzzle as she works to get out the vote next week.

"Many of these unions have been supporters of mine since I first went into office here," said Dahlkemper. "I think over the last four years, they've seen I'm a person of my word, and they continue to support me going forward hopefully for the next four years. I'm really honored to have their continued endorsement of my candidacy."

The endorsements typically follow a face-to-face candidates night with unions or are based on candidate responses to a survey.

Unions that have endorsed Dahlkemper include:

  • Plumber Local 27
  • Steam Fitters Local Union 449
  • Painters Union Local 549
  • KML Regional Council of Carpenters
  • United Steelworkers Local 3199
  • AFSCME District Council 85
  • AFSCME Local 1771
  • Int’l Association of Firefighters Local 293
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 12
  • SEIU 668
  • IBEW Local 56
  • Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • USW District 10
  • UFCW Local 23 Legislative Action Committee of UE Local 506

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