AFL-CIO Backs Bartlett in 39

GERMANTOWN, MD – April 30, 2018 – The Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO has endorsed progressive challenger Bobby Bartlett in the Maryland District 39 delegate race. The state AFL-CIO council is a federation of over 700 affiliated local unions representing over 350,000 workers.

“The State Federation – and our Affiliated unions –  gives its endorsement with the expectation that Bobby will support every worker’s right to join and/or form a union and protect unions and our members against the encroaching corporate greed that destroys middle class jobs, erodes safety in the workplace, and undermines our Unions,” said Donna Edwards, president of the state AFL-CIO council. “We take endorsements seriously. Wages, benefits, workers’ protection, and every facet of our working lives, are greatly affected by the decisions made – and votes cast – by lawmakers.”

Momentum is building for Bartlett as the campaign enters the final two months fresh off endorsement by Montgomery County political activists Progressive Neighbors, and with the support of national groups like Run For Something. Labor’s endorsement makes a strong validation of the insurgent Bartlett, who is running on a platform of transportation solutions, universal pre-K education, and reforming the Maryland political machine.

“It’s exciting to see workers and their unions across the country taking a stand to challenge the status quo in 2018,” Bartlett said. “Whether it’s the teachers striking in West Virginia or Oklahoma, or Maryland workers standing up to the Annapolis machine, change is in the air. I’m honored to stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters to unrig the system that has devastated the working and middle class.”

District 39 is in upper Montgomery County and is comprised of parts or all of Germantown, Montgomery Village, Clarksburg, Goshen, North Potomac and Washington Grove. The district is represented by three delegates and one senator, with the three delegate candidates with the most votes winning in both the primary and general elections.

The 2018 primary election for Maryland state offices and local races will be held on June 26, 2018, with early voting open from June 14 until June 21.

More information on Bartlett and his platform can be found at his website,