Andy Brown scored three of the most important endorsements in the race for County Judge: AFSCME Local 1624, Austin Area Central Labor Council, and Stonewall Democrats, representing the labor and LGBT communities, two critical segments of the Democratic community. Brown overwhelmingly won all three endorsements.
According to AFSCME’s Carol Guthrie in the Austin Chronicle, “We think [Andy] has the leadership ability to build coalitions, and to bring people together, to work together and move forward,” Guthrie said, “and we really don’t see Sarah with that strength.”
This comes on the heels of Brown scoring impressive endorsements from the Democratic activist and leadership community including Congressman Doggett, Senator Kirk Watson, Roe v. Wade attorney Dr. Sarah Weddington, and national radio commentator and populist Jim Hightower.
The AFSCME board endorsed Andy Brown for County Judge over Sarah Eckhardt after meeting with both candidates. On Saturday, the Austin Area Central Labor Council held its formal endorsement proceedings. After hearing presentations from both candidates for County Judge, and after members questioned them both, a motion was strongly supported to endorse Andy Brown. Once again, the workers in Travis County representing 28 unions and thousands of employees voiced their support.
The last, and possibly most anticipated endorsement in the early season, Stonewall Democrats of Austin resulted in a 3 for 3 sweep by Andy Brown. As the score stands, Andy Brown is leading the campaign trail with unanimous support from two of the most celebrated communities in the Democratic Party; Labor and the LGBT community.
Disclaimer: the author's consulting firm is paid to work on Andy Brown's campaign.