Today, the Maine State Building and Construction Trades Council announced its endorsement of Sara Gideon in the Maine Senate race, citing her long record in the State House of fighting for workers and standing up for their rights.

“Maine’s working families make our state stronger and more resilient, and I’m honored to work alongside them and receive the endorsement of the Maine State Building and Construction Trades Council,” said U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon. “In the State House, we’ve supported Maine’s workers by investing in job training programs, strengthening the right to organize, and fighting for a higher wage. Hardworking Mainers deserve a champion who will fight for them – not special interests – in Washington, and I will always put our state’s families and workers first.”

“I’ve been involved in the trades for over 40 years and I’ve seen a lot of politicians come and go,” said John Napolitano, President of the Maine State Building and Construction Trades Council and Business Manager of Local 716 of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. “Speaker Gideon is unique in that she not only believes in her heart that working families deserve a fair shake, but also time and time again she has successfully been able to translate those beliefs into results. That’s a combination we need in Washington, and that’s why the Maine Building Trades Council is going to help her get there.”

“Right now, we have a senior Senator who’d rather hide out in Washington than come home to be held accountable for her disastrous record,” said Jason J. Shedlock, Executive Director of the Maine State Building and Construction Trades Council. “Speaker Gideon will not only carry the voices of our 17 affiliates and 5,000 working women and men to the Senate floor, she’ll do what she always has for us: be accessible, roll up her sleeves and get results. We value that. That’s why our members’ decision was unanimous to endorse Speaker Gideon for U.S. Senate.”

Gideon has vowed that as Maine’s U.S. Senator, she will continue working to expand job training programs to address the skilled worker shortage in the state, invest in infrastructure development and technological advancements like rural broadband, advocate for fair trade policies to protect Maine’s crucial industries, defend and expand workers’ rights to organize and secure the benefits they deserve, and roll back the Trump tax bill to make sure tax cuts are going to hardworking Mainers and small businesses.