Ruben Gallego received the endorsement of Local 99 of the United Food and Commercial Workers on Monday.
Arizona’s largest private sector union represents roughly 20,000 food and grocery workers in the state, providing a boost to a campaign that announced last week it outraised all competitors in the race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor in the 7th Congressional District.
“In both his actions as an elected official and his private activism, Ruben Gallego is a champion for working families in Arizona,” said Jim McLaughlin, Local 99 president. “Ruben is a true friend of the UFCW and its members. We’re proud to support Ruben and look forward to working with him as a member of Congress.”
Gallego, a former state representative, is running against fellow Democrats Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and state Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, in the August primary.
The influential labor union is expected to play a pivotal role in Gallego’s ground campaign.
“Local 99 is one of the most effective advocates for working families in Arizona,” Gallego said in a written statement. “I’m honored to receive their endorsement and grateful for all the support they will bring to our campaign.”