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"A good day for the middle class"
AFSCME Local 1303 President Brian Mitchell and family at a Nov. 3 Get Out the Vote rally in Hartford.
The list starts with President Barack Obama and Chris Murphy -- who withstood Linda McMahon's $47 million effort to buy the 2012 U.S. Senate seat -- and Elizabeth Esty, who defeated the well-funded campaign of Republican Andrew Roraback in the 5th Congressional District.
"This was a victory for the middle class," said Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano. "Our members refused to allow corporations and right-wing billionaires to buy the election and ram through their extremist, anti-worker agenda. I am proud and grateful for everyone's effort."
AFSCME-endorsed candidates John Larson (1st Congressional District), Joe Courtney (2nd), Rosa DeLauro (3rd) and Jim Himes (4th) also were reelected, winning by sizeable margins.
Council 4 members Blair Bertaccini (Local 269), Tom Luk0wicz (Local 1183) and Esma Ajruli (background), Local 714 phone-banking on election eve.
In addition, Council 4-backed candidates prevailed in several General Assembly races, including Dante Bartolomeo (State Senate, 13th District) and Cathy Osten (State Senate, 19th District), both of whom ousted extremist anti-union opponents in Sen. Len Suzio and Rep. Chris Coutu. Council 4 member Joe Aresimowicz (Local 3145) was also reelected to the House of Representatives in the 30th district (Berlin-Southington).
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