Democratic candidate for Congress Kim Gillan earned another significant endorsement today in her campaign for the state's lone seat in the United States House of Representatives, picking up the support of the Southwest Montana Building Trades.
"It's rare for us to endorse in primaries," Southwest Montana Building Trades President Mick Wonnacott said, "But when it comes to representing the needs of Montana's working families, nobody is more qualified than Kim Gillan."
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 233 Representative, Keith Allen said, "I have the privilege of knowing Kim from her work in the Montana Legislature. Kim consistently makes the extra effort to find out how bills affect individuals and groups. We haven't had that kind of concern for constituents in the Montana House seat for quite some time and Kim will bring that work ethic back to the US House."
The Southwestern Montana Building Trades represents over 600 active and retired working men and women in Butte, including electricians, plumbers, iron workers, sheet metal workers, operating engineers, laborers, cement finishers, boilermakers, and elevator constructors. The Southwest Montana Building Trades is made up of local affiliates from: the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers; International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers; International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers; International Union of Elevator Constructors; International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; Laborers' International Union of North America; Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association of the United States and Canada; Sheet Metal Workers' International Association; United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada; International Union of Operating Engineers; United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers.
"With just seven weeks to go before Election Day, I'm proud to have the endorsement and support of yet another Montana-based working family organization," Gillan said. "I've driven over 10,000 miles back and forth across Montana this year, and everywhere I travel Montanans tell me that our state deserves a strong a voice in the U.S. House who will listen first, work harder, and go to work every day for the people of our state. I'm running for Congress to be that voice."
Kim Gillan is an experienced and results driven State Senator from Billings who oversees the Workforce Development program at MSU-Billings, an effort committed to making sure that the state's workers and young people have the skills needed to compete and excel in today's changing economy. Gillan served 16 years in the Montana Legislature, where she encouraged new, good-paying jobs, stood up and spoke out for balanced and responsible budgets, supported Montana's small businesses and unions, created a fairer tax system for working families, and implemented an insurance mandate in Montana that covers diabetes and autism.
In addition to the endorsements of Teamsters Local 190, Steelworkers Locals 11-470 and 11 443, the Montana Public Employees Association, and the United Transportation Union, Gillan has also received the following legislative and community leaders:
Sen. Shannon Augare, Browning; Sen. Gary Branae, Billings; Rep. Tony Belcourt, Box Elder; County Commissioner Jean Curtiss, Missoula County; Rep. Robyn Driscoll, Billings; Sen. Tom Facey, Missoula; Rep. John Fleming, Saint Ignatius; Rep. Cynthia Hiner, Deer Lodge; Sen. Jim Keane, Butte; County Commissioner Bill Kennedy, Yellowstone County; Rep. Sue Malek, Missoula; Rep. Bill McChesney, Miles City; Rep. Mary McNally, Billings; Sen. Lynda Moss, Billings; Rep. Trudi Schmidt, Great Falls; Sen. Kendall Van Dyk, Billings; Sen. Gene Vuckovich, Anaconda; Sen. Dave Wanzenried, Missoula; Fmr. Rep. Paul Beck, Red Lodge; Fmr. Sen. Vivian Brooke, Missoula; Fmr. Rep. Rosie Buzzas, Missoula; Fmr. Rep Gary Forrester, Billings; Fmr. Rep. Eve Franklin, Helena; Fmr. Rep. Julie French, Scobey; Fmr. Rep. Kathleen Galvin Halcro, Great Falls; Fmr. Rep. Carol Gibson, Billings; Fmr. Rep. George Golie, Great Falls; Fmr. Rep. Wanda Grinde, Great Falls; Fmr. Rep. Mary Ann Guggenheim, Helena; Fmr. Rep. Robin Hamilton, Missoula; Fmr. Sen. Ken Hansen, Harlem; Fmr. Rep. Hal Jacobson, Helena; Fmr. Sen. Judy Jacobson, Butte; Fmr. Rep. Deb Kottel, Great Falls; Fmr. Sen. Jeff Mangan, Great Falls; Fmr. Rep. Gary Matthews, Miles City; Fmr. Sen. Bea McCarthy, Anaconda; Fmr. Rep. Scott McCulloch, Billings; Fmr. Rep. Joe Quilici, Butte; Fmr. Rep. Holly Raser, Missoula; Fmr. Sen. Emily Stonington, Bozeman.
Tom Berrum, United Transportation Union State Director; Chuck Cashell, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 400 Business Manager; Henry Cellmer Jr., Pipe Trades Association Local 30 Business Manager; Dennis Critelli, Pipe Trades Association Local 30 Director of Training; Keith Crookston, Steelworkers Local 11-443 Chairman; John Forkan, Montana AFL-CIO Board Member and Fmr Pipe Trades Association Local 41 Business Manager; Lee Anne Gills, Montana AFL-CIO Board Member and Montana Public Employees Association Member; Wade Johnson, Steelworkers Local 11-470 Chairman; Jim Larson, Teamsters 190 Political Director; Ed Logan, Montana AFL-CIO Board Member and Steelworkers Local 11-470 Member; Fran Marceau, Montana AFL-CIO Board Member and Fmr. Montana United Transportation Union State Director; Quint Nyman, Montana AFL-CIO Vice President Treasurer and Montana Public Employees Association Executive Director; Jim Stone, Teamsters 2 Great Falls Business Agent; Keith Allen, Montana AFL-CIO Board Member and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 233 Business Manager; John Gordon, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 233 Assistant Business Manager.