Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat, announces she is running for Ohio governor in front of a crowd of supporters at Warped Wing Brewery Monday, May 8, 2017. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

IUE-CWA union backs Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley for governor

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley won the endorsement today of the IUE-CWA union in her race for Ohio governor.

“As an organization that represents thousands of manufacturing workers across Ohio, we are very proud to support Nan’s candidacy for Governor,” said Jim Clark, IUE-CWA President.

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“Nan understands what manufacturing means to our state, and she has been at the forefront of developing strategies for growing factory jobs, which have been the backbone of our economy in Ohio. Nan has an unwavering commitment to standing with working people in our state, and we know she will be there to fight for us and lead Ohio into a new era.”

Whaley is running for the Democratic nomination for governor. Other Democrats include Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Youngstown, former Congresswoman Betty Sutton and former Cincinnati-area state Rep. Connie Pillich.

On the Republican side, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Congressman Jim Renacci have announced they are running. Attorney General Mike DeWine is expected to make a run official soon.

IUE-CWA represents nearly 200 local unions and more than 40,000 active and 100,000 retired manufacturing and industrial workers. This includes approximately 5,000 members in Ohio.

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“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the IUE-CWA, a group whose members reflect the talented workforce we have here in Ohio,” Whaley said. For too long, these hard-working Ohioans who are the backbone of our state have been invisible to the Statehouse politicians in Columbus, but I see and support them. As Governor, I’ll get Ohio back to work by reinvesting in our workers and respecting the dignity of our workforce.”

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