AFSCME backing Skip Moore for Des Moines City Council (updated)

Des Moines City Council member Skip Moore announced yesterday that AFSCME Iowa Council 61 has endorsed his re-election. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is Iowa’s largest labor union. It’s the third major labor endorsement for Moore, whom Chris Diebel is challenging in the race for the at-large seat. UPDATE: Make that four union endorsements: on August 7 the Communications Workers of America, Local 7102 endorsed Moore as well. APRIL 8 UPDATE: Add the Des Moines Association of Firefighters Local #4 to the list of unions backing Moore’s re-election.

I am inclined to agree with Bleeding Heartland user zeitgeist that if Diebel was going to face significant opposition from organized labor either way, he might have been better off running in the open Iowa Senate district 17, covering part of downtown Des Moines and the south side (as opposed to the entire city). One major labor group has already endorsed former State Senator Tony Bisignano in the Democratic primary for that seat, being vacated by Senator Jack Hatch as he explores a run for governor.

Speaking of which, Hatch has hired Grant Woodard to manage his exploratory campaign. Woodard ran Representative Leonard Boswell’s last two Congressional campaigns in Iowa’s third district.

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    As a DSM resident, I think we have a fantastic future to look forward to with many exciting development opportunities on the table. In general, my hope for this race is that the focus be placed on forward-thinking economic development. Diebel seems to have this experience.

    Admittedly, I need to do more research on Skip Moore as I don’t know much about him except that he was a career government worker and was active in the union. It’s also my perception that he may have a real strong interest favoring the East Side which would be fine if he were tied to just one ward. I hope that whoever holds this seat is truly open to a broad, city-wide view.

    • Councilman Moore has worked hard for our neighborhoods

      The City of Des Moines is made up of neighborhoods. We need a down to earth representative on the council who will represent all citizens. Des Moines City Councilman Skip Moore has given us over 25 years of neighborhood leadership and over 35 years of public service to the City of Des Moines.

      Mr. Moore listens, asks tough questions, and gets things done. Skip Moore is a candidate who will represent the entire City of Des Moines, not the interest of just one ward or one segment of our community. Councilman Moore has worked hard for our neighborhoods and will always keep in mind that he works for the citizens of Des Moines.

    • Councilman Skip Moore is a champion of the working families

      Councilman Skip Moore is a champion of the working families of Des Moines. He works every day to make Des Moines a better place to live and raise a family for every day citizens. Mr. Moore has the strong work ethic and hands on experience working with our neighborhoods.

      Councilman Moore’s long history of service to the citizens of Des Moines is to be applauded. Skip Moore will represent the entire city fairly and will help bring the citizens together as one.