(Springfield, Massachusetts August 15, 2014) Councilor Melvin Edwards announced today that the New England Regional Council of Carpenters Local 108 has endorsed his candidacy for State Representative in the Tenth Hampden District.

“I am humbled by the decision of Local 108 to support me in my election campaign,” Edwards said, continuing “I’ve always been a supporter of union jobs, fair wages and fair benefits. As retired members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 93, Palmer, Massachusetts, my wife and I worked hard to provide services to those who cannot provide for themselves, just as all union workers have labored mightily year in and year out to build and rebuild our great nation.

Representatives of Local 108 indicated the decision to support Councilor Edwards came as a result of his efforts in support of a casino in Springfield, which would result in almost $1 billion in construction and thousands of temporary construction jobs as well as hundreds of permanent jobs for local residents. Three casino projects statewide would provide nearly $3 billion in new construction and thousands of new jobs. Local 108 and other construction trades organizations have focused their efforts on making sure these projects are completed.

“The union brothers and sisters who build our cities, educate our children, construct our highways and maintain our infrastructure constantly face months without pay while we survive the New England winters. I have been there and I understand how hard it is to feed and clothe a family with no paycheck,” Councilor Edwards stated, adding, “The casino referendum threatens to stymie these three construction programs. I’ve heard from union brothers who are now afraid they’ll be out of work in Springfield and I want to help whatever way I can.”

Edwards, who is currently serving his third term on the Springfield City Council, has been a friend of the construction trades by helping scores of landlords and homeowners to rebuild the damage done by the July, 2011 tornado. That storm caused hundreds of millions in property damage as it ripped through the South End, the Maple High/Six Corners Neighborhood and portions of both Forest Park and East Forest Park. Edwards has played a role in helping homeowners to restore damaged homes and replace destroyed homes. He has also worked with developers to build new homes in areas that were wiped out and with landlords to get their buildings restored for tenants.

The Democratic primary election will be held Tuesday, September 9, 2014. 

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