Tacoma – 10th Congressional District candidate Kristine Reeves today received another major labor endorsement, from the American Federation of Teachers Washington.
AFT Washington represents about 6,500 community and technical college faculty and pre-k through 12 classified school employees.
“Among a strong field of candidates in the race for the 10th district congressional seat, our members enthusiastically chose to back Kristine Reeves. Kristine’s personal story of overcoming hardship and homelessness is compelling, and we believe her life experience and her determination will translate to work in Congress that centers the needs of the people most marginalized in our society,” AFT Washington President Karen Strickland said. “Kristine deeply understands the consequences of racial and economic inequality and as a member of Congress she will fight to lift up individuals, families and communities so that all people in the U.S. are able to thrive.”
Reeves, a former community college immigration advisor, compiled a 100 percent pro-labor voting record while serving in the legislature since 2016 (Reeves resigned her 30th District House seat in December to run for Congress). She has already been endorsed by the Washington Education Association, the Teamsters Joint Council 28, the Laborers International Union of North America, and others. In a 19 candidate field, Reeves leads in fundraising as well, having raised more than $270,000 in the first quarter of 2020.
“I am proud and honored to add the backing of school employees and community college faculty to the support of teachers in my campaign for Congress,” Reeves said. “After experiencing homelessness as a teenager, it was through the help I received from caring mentors in the public schools that I was able to overcome the barriers of poverty and family instability, and our campaign is about making sure that struggling families across our district get the same boost up that I received, and that the thousands of dedicated, caring people who work in our educational system are treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve.”
As a legislator, Reeves championed the Washington Childcare Access Now Act, groundbreaking legislation that put Washington State on a path to providing all children and families with access to high quality child care by 2025.