Rene Flowers wins union endorsements for Pinellas County Commission re-election bid

Flowers was first elected to the District 7 seat in 2020.

Pinellas County Commissioner Rene Flowers announced a handful of union backers as she kicks off her re-election campaign for the 2022 cycle.

Flowers has secured support from SEIU Florida and the West Central Florida Labor Council. SEIU Florida represents more than 80,000 retired and active members working in the healthcare, public and private sectors.

“It is with great pleasure that we offer you the endorsement and support of members of the Service Employees International Union of Florida for your campaign for the Pinellas County, District 7 Commission,” the executive director said. of the SEIU. Alyssa Cundari Roelans said in a statement.

“SEIU believes that you share a common vision for Florida and the nation – a vision in which racial justice and the ability to come together in unity are essential for working families to have economic security, rights and a legacy for the next generation.”

AFL-CIO delegates unanimously approved an early endorsement for Flowers to continue serving in District 7 headquarters, the AFL-CIO president said. Shawn McDonald and executive director Cheryl Schröder in a joint statement.

“Over the years, I have had the pleasure of representing the working men and women of SEIU. During COVID-19, SEIU members were and remain our best frontline defense against the unknown. I am forever grateful for your support and look forward to the work ahead to make Pinellas a better place to live, work and play,” added Flowers.

“I have a long-standing relationship with my sisters and brothers in the union. I remain forever encouraged by their advocacy to ensure employees are treated fairly and paid fairly. I am grateful for your approval and support.

After serving for just 15 months, Flowers is back on the campaign trail after a new law puts the Commission single-member seats to be filled in 2022 in response to the redistricting. Although the Pinellas County Commission is determined to challenge the new provision in court, Flowers has already filed and is ready to race again. She is currently the only candidate in the race.

Flowers was first elected to the District 7 seat in 2020.

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