The United Mine Workers of America have officially decided to throw their weight behind Rep. Allyson Schwartz, the current frontrunner in the 2014 Governor’s race.
In a press release sent out on Tuesday morning, Schwartz’s campaign expressed their gratification for the Union’s support.
“The UMWA of Pennsylvania have been an important part of the state’s economy for nearly a century,” Allyson Schwartz said. “They have been vital to the labor movement and critical toward powering Pennsylvania’s economy. I have been proud to stand with them for years as they have worked to improve safety standards and health benefits, and I am honored they have chosen to stand with our campaign as we work to bring effective leadership back to Harrisburg.”
Although the United Mine Workers typically endorse Democrats, they represent a relatively conservative wing of the party. Endorsements like this can only help as Schwartz attempts to show that she can be a strong coalition-builder not just in the primary, but also in the general election.
Furthermore, the United Mine Workers have a strong base in Western PA, another added benefit of this endorsement for the Philadelphia-based candidate.
Schwartz’s competition in the governor’s race includes former DEP Secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger, former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, and possibly State Treasurer Rob McCord.