A longtime labor official will try to keep Republican Rep. Bruce Dammeier from winning a second term.
Democrat John Thompson of Edgewood announced his bid for the state House over the weekend, and promptly received the endorsement of the Washington State Labor Council.
That’s no surprise with his resume: He’s a retired business representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 286, a former secretary-treasurer of the Pierce County labor council, and a former county Democratic Party chairman.
Democrats are mostly playing defense this year, but they would like to win Dammeier’s seat, the only one they don’t have in the 25th District.
In a news release, Thompson emphasized his status as a Navy veteran and former “Northwood Elementary and Edgemont Junior High PTA dad.” As a union official, he said he worked to ensure safe working conditions.
Here’s the full release:
Veteran, PTA Dad, and Longtime Advocate for Working Families,
John Thompson, Announces Campaign for State House of Reps
Thompson to Challenge Dammeier for Position 1 Seat
Edgewood –This weekend Navy Veteran, former Northwood Elementary and Edgemont Junior High PTA dad, and longtime advocate for working families, John Thompson, announced his campaign for the Washington State House of Representatives.
Explaining his decision to run, John said, “Our district needs someone in Olympia who can get people back to work. With more than 30 years as a labor leader, I know what has to be done. In Olympia, I will work hard for you building a strong and healthy economy, safe neighborhoods, improving education, and creating jobs.”
Shortly following the announcement, Thompson earned the sole endorsement of the Washington State Labor Council at their annual C.O.P.E. (Committee on Political Education) Endorsing Convention in Seattle.
John was a business representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #286, for 17 years where he oversaw budget and financial decisions and worked closely with state and federal agencies to ensure safe working conditions and compliance with state labor laws.
Deeply committed to public service, John has also served on the Executive Boards of numerous local non-profits including United Way of Pierce County, Pierce County Careers Consortium, Pierce County Economic Development Board, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Bates Technical College General Advisory Council, and the Cascade Regional Blood Services Board (Pierce County Blood Bank).
For more information please visit www.ElectJohnThompson.com.