Mayor Bernero snags UAW endorsement

By City Pulse Staff

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s re-election campaign today received the endorsement of the United Auto Workers Capital Area CAP Council.

In a statement, Mike Green, president of the UAW Local 652 and the UAW Capital Area CAP Council, called Bernero an “outspoken advocate for autoworkers and American manufacturing,” and he praised Bernero’s “defending the American auto industry” through his many appearances on cable news shows and visits to Washington on behalf of the industry.

“[Bernero] understands that every person in Lansing is connected to the auto industry in some way, and he has taken our city’s fight to Washington,” Green said. “We believe he is the most qualified candidate to advance a progressive, pro-worker agenda in Lansing.

The UAW Capital Area CAP Council represents 27,000 Lansing-area UAW members.

Bernero, who is seeking re-election, is running against Councilwoman At-large Carol Wood, attorney Charles Ford and Ben Hassenger in the Aug. 4 nonpartisan primary election.

Since last November, Bernero has made several appearances on FOX News and CNN, arguing the auto industry’s case and picking up the title “angriest mayor in America.”

“As the son of an auto-worker, I have always stood shoulder-to-should with the UAW and its members,” said Bernero in a statement. “Their support means the world to me.”

The UAW also released City Council endorsements Friday. At-large incumbents Kathie Dunbar and Brian Jeffries, Fourth Ward candidate Tom Truscott and Second Ward incumbent Sandy Allen received endorsements.