Elissa Silverman
Elissa Silverman Credit: Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

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There are lots of candidates to choose from in the race for two D.C. Council seats, but organized labor is backing only a few of them. At-large candidates Graylan Hagler and Elissa Silverman both added to their union endorsements this week.

On Monday, the United Food and Commercial Workers local endorsed Hagler and Silverman. Both candidates supported the Large Retailer Accountability Act, the failed bill that would have raised wages at District Walmarts that was a favorite with the grocery union.

Today, two chapters of the Service Employees International Union endorsed Silverman, with 32BJ SEIU executive Jaime Contreras describing her as a “passionate champion for their communities.” In a press release, the SEIU divisions say they’ll back Silverman with direct mail.

Hagler and Silverman aren’t the only candidates in the race who have received union backing lately. Last week, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union endorsed at-large hopeful Robert White. Another AFSCME local is backing Statehood Green candidate Eugene Puryear.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery