IOWA — The Working Families Party today announced its endorsement of Cathy Glasson for the Democratic gubernatorial primary on June 5.
“Cathy Glasson is a progressive union champion who will fight to make sure every Iowan has healthcare when they need it and can earn a wage that supports their family,” said Joe Dinkin, spokesperson for the Working Families Party. “Cathy is running a bold, visionary campaign and we look forward to helping her become Iowa’s next governor.”
The Working Families Party endorsement is a “seal of approval” for progressive voters. The WFP will mobilize its grassroots supporter base to volunteer for Glasson in the days leading up to the election. The WFP recently backed Medicare-for-all champion Kara Eastman’s recent upset win against establishment-favorite Brad Ashford in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, and this week helped Stacey Abrams score a larger-than-expected victory in Georgia’s gubernatorial primary by contacting 200,000 voters through phone-banking, door-knocking, email and text messaging.
“For decades the Working Families Party has been fighting to level the playing field for working people across the country.They know that half-measures and tinkering around the edges aren’t going to change politics and give everyday Iowans a voice in their government again,” said Glasson. “In 2018, we have an incredible opportunity to dramatically improve the lives of more than a million Iowans by fighting for a bold, progressive agenda to raise the minimum wage to $15 fast, make it easier to join a union no matter where you work, fight for tough new gun laws, and create a universal single-payer health care system that covers everyone in our state. I couldn’t be happier to have the Working Families Party standing shoulder to shoulder with us in this fight.”
Cathy Glasson is a nurse and union organizer. The daughter of a truck driver and retail worker, Cathy has spent her life working to improve the lives of Iowan working families. She’s running on a strong platform of a $15 minimum wage, universal healthcare, rolling back attacks on unions and making it easier for workers to organize.
The Working Families Party is a national political organization that recruits, trains, and elects the next generation of progressive leaders to office. The WFP plans to work in more than 1,000 races this year, large and small, in an effort to elect more progressive leaders and end Republican control of Congress and in state houses.
WFP’s priorities include marquee candidates like Randy Bryce, the union ironworker and WFP member whose challenge forced House Speaker Paul Ryan into retirement, Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia, Chris Giunchigliani for Governor of Nevada and Ben Jealous for Governor of Maryland, as well as many more state legislative and local races around the nation. WFP candidates have already won early 2018 primaries against machine Democrats in Chicago, defeated a big-spending political establishment in Milwaukee, and won congressional primaries in West Virginia, Indiana, and Nebraska.
The party was active in many of the most notable progressive victories of the year, including Larry Krasner (Philadelphia District Attorney), Chokwe Lumumba (Mayor of Jackson, MS), Randall Woodfin (Mayor of Birmingham AL), LaToya Cantrell (Mayor-elect of New Orleans, LA), Christine Pellegrino (State Assembly in New York), Crystal Murillo (City Councilor in Aurora, CO) and many others.