Major Texas Unions Endorsing Sima Ladjevardian
HOUSTON, Texas -- Today, TX-02 Democratic nominee Sima Ladjevardian announced a slate of endorsements from four major Texas unions, representing hundreds of thousands of workers across the state — including the American Federation of Government Employees, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Service Employees International Union, and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. Today’s endorsements add to a growing list of labor support for Ladjevardian’s campaign to unseat Congressman Dan Crenshaw, the president’s pandemic posterboy, including the American Federation of Teachers.
In response to this outpouring of support, Sima Ladjevardian released the following statement:
“In a moment as critical as now, when America’s essential workers and middle class families are being left behind by the gridlock of Washington, I’m grateful to have the support of nearly every major union in Texas,” Ladjevardian said. “A healthy economy requires healthy people, and we need to guarantee the rights of those people to organize for their health care, their benefits, and their safety. While Congressman Crenshaw hurts working families and spreads dangerous disinformation about this virus, I’m ready to help lead our community’s recovery. With the support of our unions, we’re one step closer to making that dream a reality.”
Sima Ladjevardian (SEE-ma LAHJ-ee-VAR-DEE-un) is a lawyer, a mother of two, a breast cancer survivor, and a political activist who has called Houston home for more than 30 years. After fleeing the political upheaval of the Iranian Revolution, her family immigrated to the United States for their shot at the American Dream. Eventually settling in Houston, Sima has become a local leader in cross-cultural dialogue, bringing Texans of all backgrounds and faiths together for social justice. As an activist, she has worked tirelessly to turn Texas blue and elect candidates up and down the ballot — all while serving senior roles in Beto O’Rourke's senate and presidential campaigns. She has been recognized by the University of Houston for her tireless philanthropic and nonprofit work in the community, and she is fueled by the desire to fight for quality, affordable health care, justice, and unity in the United States Congress.
Sima has been added to DCCC’s Red to Blue Program and endorsed by EMILY’s List, Congressional Black Caucus PAC, BOLD PAC, End Citizens United, Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, AAPI Victory Fund, AAA Fund, Emgage PAC, Giffords PAC, Brady PAC, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Human Rights Campaign, NewDems Action Fund, Texas American Federation of Teachers, Foreign Policy for America, ASPIRE PAC, Texas Organizing Project, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former US Senate/presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, former Sec. of HUD/presidential candidate Julían Castro, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, Congresswoman Katie Porter, and Mayor Sylvester Turner.