This week, Democratic mayoral candidate Mary Bartolotta was officially endorsed by the carpenters union, adding to her list of union endorsements. Last month, the Building Trades Council, which represents over 14 trades here in Connecticut, also voted to endorse Bartolotta.
Martin Alvarenga, Business Representative for the greater Middletown area for Carpenters Local 326, shared his excitement for Bartolotta’s campaign on Tuesday. "Mary has been a strong advocate for labor during her past eight years on the common council and we are proud to support her campaign for mayor,” Spokesman Martin Alvarenga stated.
“Her work on the new Woodrow Wilson School and the sewage treatment plant, two projects that used union carpenters and apprentices, showed us that she shares our values and cares deeply about worker’s rights. Mary is determined to create an environment in Middletown that prioritizes everyday working people over corporations and developers and she has the work-ethic and moral fortitude to get results.”
Carpenters Local 326 represents nearly 4,000 union carpenters in Connecticut and is affiliated with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters which represents more than 28,000 carpenters throughout New England and New York state.
Bartolotta shared her gratitude for the endorsement on Tuesday. “Strong unions like the Carpenters are on the frontline of fighting for working people here in Middletown and across our state,” Bartolotta stated.
“I am honored to receive their endorsement because we share a fundamental belief that working people deserve a voice at the table. I come from a union family, and belonged to a union myself for nine years, and know firsthand the tremendous support they provide not only members but their families. We need to move Middletown towards a future where we are supporting all workers to fight for these same rights and stability.”
Mary Bartolotta currently serves as Deputy Majority Leader on the Middletown Common Council and Commissioner of the South Fire District. She announced her candidacy for mayor in March.