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Gary Teachers Unions endorse Sen. Eddie Melton for Mayor of Gary

Mar 15, 2023

GARY – Today, the Eddie Melton for Mayor campaign announced the public endorsement of the Gary Teachers Union, Local 4, for Sen. Eddie Melton’s mayoral candidacy in Gary.

“Our educators build the future of our city by helping mold the minds of our young people, and I am honored to have earned their endorsement for my candidacy for Mayor and for my Education Innovation policy platform,” said Sen. Eddie Melton. “Ensuring our educators are equipped to fulfill what is a critical role in our community and for the future of Gary will be one of my highest priorities as Mayor.”

In an endorsement video released by the campaign, Gary Teachers Union and American Federation of Teachers President GlenEva Dunham said, “I’ve known Sen. Melton since I was introduced to him several years ago — by a teacher. Over the years, I’ve worked with him through his role in the state legislature to advocate for and create pools of resources for our teachers here in Gary.”

“Sen. Melton knows how to get things done, and his heart is for the people. His vision for NOW — No Opportunities Wasted — is exactly what we need to create change in our city and not take forever to get things done. That’s why it was a no-brainer when we were asked to endorse him, even though our Local 4 union hasn’t endorsed any candidate in our over 100-year history. Sen. Melton shows up for us, and we can trust that he will truly deliver for public education in Gary.”

The Gary Teachers Union, Local 4, is part of the AFT Indiana, a state federation with more than 4,000 members in 24 local unions. Their support of Eddie Melton for Mayor of Gary joins a growing list of public endorsements including Unite Here Local 1 ( NWI’s casino workers union), Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters and The Jacksons.

View the full endorsement video by clicking here.

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