Endorsements

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“Our state deserves the opportunity to have a wonderful person like Don be the next Representative for District 5.”
 
Senator Joe Donnelly-February 28, 2020
Mel Hall
Mel Hall
Partner SnowBridge Capital
Candidate United States Congress for Indiana 2nd District
Former president, CEO, and Chairman Press Ganey Associates

I am proud to have the support of Sherriff Bill Redman of the St. Joseph County, IN Police Department. 

District Council 91 is made up of twelve Local Unions covering the entire State of Indiana, the western half of Kentucky and the middle third of Tennessee, with some territory in southeastern Illinois. Our membership consists of Painters, Drywall Finishers, Vinyl Hangers, Glaziers as well as Hydroblasting, Bill Posters, manufacture glass products, and industrial workers who perform fireproofing and lead or asbestos abatement including mold and mildew remediation.

Striving to ensure all working people are treated fairly, with decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, dignity, and equal opportunities. Helping people acquire valuable skills and job-readiness for the 21st century economy. Operating the largest training network outside the U.S. military.

The Iron Workers strive to bring justice to the lives of workers everywhere through bigger paychecks, better health and retirement benefits, more secure jobs and safe working conditions. I am proud to receive their endorsement and will continue to advocate for Hoosier working families.

James Summers

Executive Director Project Impact South Bend; Former Chairman SCORE Michiana, a nonprofit association of local volunteers with the mission to grow successful small businesses in Michiana; Owner of The Summers Group, specializing in community revitalization through entrepreneurship.

“It is the mission of Teamsters Local 364 to provide the best possible service to all our members with integrity and equality; to advance the social, economic, and educational welfare of the membership; to promote professional working relationships and fair play between members and management alike; and to positively contribute to the communities we serve and live in.”

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. They are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work their members do.

Electing scientists who will use evidence and facts to fight climate change and fix our broken healthcare system.

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen exists to promote and protect the rights, interests, and safety of its members through solidarity, aggressive representation, and education.

We represent over 55 affiliate unions in the Northern portion of Indiana. We are democratically elected bodies dedicated to represent the interests of working people at the state and local level. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.

The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 35,000 professional tradespeople in 40 locals in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and parts of West Virginia and Tennessee. A proud affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, which has a century-plus tradition of representing the best of the building trades, the council works in partnership with more than 30,000 contractors, helping them find the best possible talent for their projects.

The hallmark of our regional council is three-fold: training, professionalism and partnerships for economic development.

SMART TD strives for progressive and innovative contracts that ensure excellent wages and benefits and a healthy pension system for the railroad, bus, mass transit and airline employees who have devoted their lives to service those industries. It also continues to lead in efforts to combat drug and alcohol abuse among its members, in the promotion of mass transit and an efficient rail passenger service, and in protecting its members and the public from the unsafe shipment of hazardous materials.
The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers’ Local 359 exists to lead the way in the HVAC, Architectural, and Manufacturing industries through superior training programs vested in innovation and ingenuity. We continuously strive to elevate the skills and maintain utmost professionalism while advancing membership of our union through the pursuit of education, fair wages, and insurance benefits for a dignified career and retirement.
Laborers’ Local Union 645 is committed to protecting and improving the quality and security of our members’ working conditions and personal lives through pro-active representation, effective political action, and open communication, supported by education and training programs designed to empower Union members.

Region 2B, United Auto Workers

The UAW has been a leader in the struggle to secure economic and social justice for all people. The UAW has been actively involved in every civil rights legislative battle since the 1950s. The UAW also has played a vital role in passing such landmark legislation as Medicare and Medicaid, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Employee Retirement Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. In Washington and state capitols, the UAW is fighting for better schools for kids, secure health care and pensions for retirees, clean air and water, tougher workplace health and safety standards, stronger worker’s compensation and unemployment insurance laws and fairer taxes.

We’re enlightened by endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 153. Trained electricians are critical to all facets of our economy from our electrical grid to the wiring in our homes and offices and maintaining equipment in our factories. Our economy and neighborhoods are brighter with the IBEW.  www.IBEW153.com

Notre Dame College Democrats Proudly Endorse Don Westerhausen.

Local 172 Plumbers and Pipefitters Technicians are involved in just about every aspect of construction in the South Bend/Mishawaka and Northen Indiana area involving piping in commercial, industrial and residential projects. When contractors and owners hire craftspeople who are members of Local 172, one promise is made: You are hiring the most highly skilled and best trained plumber, pipefitter or refrigeration expert in the business.

That’s why they say with confidence—We Do it Right the First Time!

I would like thank the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 for their endorsement. In these uncertain times, Local 150 members are working hard to protect vital infrastructure. Workers across America are going to work each and every day to maintain public utilities, stock grocery shelves and care for the sick. It is time that Indiana State House District 5 has a Representative that supports working people. #SupportWorkers

The Indiana Political Action Committee for Education (I-PACE) is the political action arm of the United Education Profession at the state level. The purpose of I-PACE and its L-PACs is to promote the cause of public education in the State of Indiana through political action. I-PACE assists candidates, political parties, and committees who are favorable to education issues as determined by ISTA Representative Assembly resolutions and legislative priorities.

Our campaign has been awarded the 2020 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction for advocating for gun violence prevention and making a commitment to govern with gun safety in mind.

Moms Demand Action is the nation’s largest grassroots volunteer network working to end gun violence in America. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families.
The Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) represents the labor, policy, and professional interests of more than 45,000 public school teachers and education support professionals, staff in state higher education institutions, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers. Members form a strong community of dedicated, caring professionals who support each other at the bargaining table, in the work place and in our communities.
Dale “Woody” Emmons 1st District, City of Mishawaka Common Council Member
Mike Compton 5th District, City of Mishawaka Common Council Member
Ron Banicki 6th District, City of Mishawaka Common Council Member
Gregg Hixenbaugh At-Large, City of Mishawaka Common Council Member
Matt Mammolenti At-Large, City of Mishawaka Common Council Member
Deborah Ladoga-Block, City of Mishawaka City Clerk
Lynn Coleman, Faith based community organizer for social justice, retired Assistant Chief of Police in South Bend, former Assistant to the Mayor of South Bend, former candidate Indiana 2nd Congressional District and also Mayor of South Bend.

I am pleased to have the endorsement and support of the St. Joseph Valley Building & Construction Trades Council which represents 22 affiliated locals representing over 10,000 highly skilled craftsmen and women in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan.

As your State Representative, I will fight and protect working family rights in Indiana.

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