International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 98 will give its influential endorsement and a $100,000 check to Rep. Allyson Schwartz for governor.
IBEW 98 is one of the largest unions in the Philadelphia area and their support is an immense show of strength for Schwartz in the city of brotherly love.
Presenting the check to Schwartz will be Local 98 Business Manager John J. Dougherty. Also in attendance will be U.S. Congressman Robert A. Brady, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, Register of Wills Ron Donatucci and more than 100 city and state politicos and dignitaries.
The event will take place Wednesday evening at IBEW Local 98’s Union Hall at 1719 Spring Garden Street.
The move follows Brady’s endorsement earlier in the fall.
That said, Democratic leadership in Philly appears to be solidly behind Schwartz in the crowded primary.
It also helps catch Schwartz up to the union support of State Treasurer Rob McCord, who has the lead in union backing including IBEW Local 5 in Pittsburgh.
Schwartz and McCord have been the early frontrunners in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, but the field is still wide open. Other candidates include former DEP Secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, Cumberland County minister Max Myers and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz. It’s also widely speculated that Pittsburgher and former Pa. Auditor General Jack Wagner may jump into the race.