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April 18, 2017
Contact: Jon Greenfield
Mike Khader Endorsed by Teamsters in Race for Yonkers City Council President
Former CIA operative picks up support of Teamsters Local 456 at evening rally outside union headquarters Endorsement comes just weeks after Democrat formally kicks off campaign for Yonkers City Council President; with early support, Khader builds momentum in bid to unseat the incumbent
YONKERS, N.Y. – Just weeks after formally announcing his candidacy for Yonkers City Council President, attorney and former CIA operative Mike Khader last night joined Teamsters Local 456 for a labor rally to announce the union’s endorsement of the Democrat. This early support gives the first-time candidate considerable momentum in his bid to unseat incumbent Council President Liam McLaughlin in the November election.
“The men and women of Teamsters Local 456 are proud to endorse Mike Khader for Yonkers City Council President,” said Lou Picani, President of Teamsters Local 456. “When our country needed him, Mike Khader answered the call. This is just what we need on the Yonkers City Council, a leader who will stand up for working families and protect the values that make our country great. We know that Mike will be a strong defender of labor, and we look forward to partnering with him in the Council.”
“It’s an honor to have the endorsement of the Teamsters,” said Mike Khader. “Their membership represents a true cross-section of our society, protecting workers across countless fields and protecting middle class jobs right here in the community. At a time when organized labor is under attack, I intend to stand strong and defend the rights of working men and women.”
Described as North America’s strongest and most diverse union, the Teamsters represent 1.4 million members in occupations in both the public and private sectors. Their members include construction trades, sanitation, healthcare, secretaries, police officers and newspaper workers, to name a few. With their support, members are secured decent wages, fair promotion, health coverage, job security and other benefits.
The Teamsters’ endorsement of Khader came during an evening rally at its headquarters in Elmsford, N.Y.. President Picani addressed the membership, numbering in the hundreds. The energized crowd showed full support to unseat incumbent Council President McLaughlin in the November election.
The Yonkers-born and raised son of immigrant farmers from a small village. Khader is a successful business litigation attorney and the first in his family to graduate from college. After the September 11th attacks, Khader decided to serve his country by joining the CIA. The first-time candidate is using his campaign to highlight the many issues still facing Yonkers residents, including in long-neglected communities on the city’s southwest side. This includes what he calls the many hidden taxes in residents’ homeowners are assessed with, and the need for more funding for Yonkers city schools.
Khader will face McLaughlin in the November 7th general election.
Yonkers City Council President candidate Mike Khader (fourth from left) joins Teamsters Local 456 President Lou Picani (third from left) and Teamsters members at the union’s headquarters in Elmsford for a rally in support of Khader.