March 20, 2014 – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) New Jersey State Council, representing 40,000 service workers in the private and public sectors around the state, today announced its endorsement of Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress in the 12th Congressional District.
“Bonnie Watson Coleman’s long and distinguished career in public service has consistently reflected and demonstrated her unapologetic advocacy on behalf of working and middle-class families, and for social and economic fairness,” said Milly Silva, Council President, and Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU. “She understands the tough issues facing our state, and she will be a progressive, fearless and compassionate leader in Washington, D.C.”
“As a member of Congress, Bonnie Watson Coleman will hit the ground running given her longtime experience with Garden State concerns,” said Tim Foley, Council Secretary-Treasurer, and Political Director of CIR (Committee of Interns and Residents).
“We are excited at this amazing opportunity to have Bonnie Watson Coleman’s voice in Congress because we know she understands the social and economic issues facing labor and our workers in New Jersey,” said Wilfredo Larancuent, Council Trustee, and Co-Manager of the Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board, Workers United.
“Bonnie Watson Coleman will bring her longtime and effective leadership skills to Washington as well as a wealth of knowledge on issues that our working women and men face each and every day, and we look forward to continuing to work with her as a valued member of Congress,” said Kevin Brown, New Jersey State Director for SEIU 32BJ.
“The SEIU’s endorsement of our campaign is another tremendous addition to the growing support we are receiving throughout the 12th District and across the state,” said Watson Coleman. “I have worked hard my entire career to try and secure good jobs at a livable wage for New Jersey’s working families and I will continue to take up that fight if elected to Congress. I have always stood side by side with SEIU’s leadership on behalf of their members because I believe it is critically important for our state’s future that we fight on behalf of our shrinking middle class and I am grateful that they have chosen to endorse us in this Democratic Primary.”