This week, the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO voted to endorse Paul Mullen for State Representative in the 161st House District. Paul Mullen has been a member of IBEW 654 for 25 years; he is also the Business Manager of IBEW 654, and has been President of the Delaware County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO since 2010.
Paul Mullen says of his candidacy, “I am running to add a strong voice for working families in the State House. We need to create good paying jobs, protect public education and restore critical funding. I have spent the better part of my career advocating for working families—as Business Manager I work every day to insure that my members are safe on the job and have good middle class wages and benefits. As a labor leader I have fought for worker’s rights and job security for both public and private sector union members.”
PA AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale is encouraging all members from the 161st to make their voices heard in this special election; “Summertime elections are notoriously low-turnout affairs, where strong labor participation can have a huge impact on the outcome. This is a great opportunity for union members to elect one of our own to the legislature.”
Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder echoed those sentiments, and added “Paul Mullen is not just a candidate who understands our issues, he is a candidate who lives our issues every day. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO will be working hard on his behalf and working to mobilize the nearly 10,000 union members who call the 161st House District home.”
The special election is scheduled for August 4, 2015, and was triggered by the retirement of Republican Representative Joe Hackett earlier this spring. The 161st legislative district is located in Delaware County, and includes the boroughs of Brookhaven, Rose Valley, Rutledge, and Swarthmore, along with Aston Township, Nether Providence Township, and parts of Ridley and Springfield Townships.