MLK Labor Endorses 8 South King Co. Candidates

April 19, 2019

Contact: Charles Lapham, MLK Labor Communications Director
503-713-3032, Charles@MLKLabor.org

MLK Labor Endorses 8 South King County Candidates

More than half of the endorsed candidates are current or former rank-and-file union members

(SEATTLE) — MLK Labor delegates, which are composed of several hundred rank-and-file union members and leaders, voted to endorse eight candidates running for municipal office in South King County.

These are the first endorsements made outside of Seattle for the 2019 election season. MLK Labor will be considering endorsements for additional candidates later this spring.

The following endorsements were made:

  • Marli Larimer, Kent City Council Position 1
  • Sara Franklin, Kent City Council Position 3
  • Awale Farah, Kent City Council Position 7
  • Dennis Martinez, Tukwila City Council Position 4
  • Takele Gobena, Seatac City Council Position 5
  • Chris Stearns, Auburn City Council Position 1
  • Jamila Taylor, Federal Way City Council Position 5
  • Sofia Aragon, Burien City Council Position 6

MLK Labor Executive Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Grant had the following to say about the endorsements:

“Last night, MLK Labor delegates unanimously endorsed eight incredible candidates across South King County. More than half of these candidates are current or former union members and all but one are people of color. They understand the issues that working families face on a daily basis. We’re excited to build off the successes in Burien and Auburn two years ago by electing progressive candidates all over King County.


MLK Labor (formerly the Martin Luther King County Labor Council) is the central body of labor organizations in King County, Washington. We are affiliated with the National AFL-CIO, the central labor organization in the United States, representing more than 13 million working people. We represent more than 150 unions and 100,000 workers. United, we are a voice for the interests and needs of working people in King County.

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