National Nurses Organizing Committee Endorses Marc Elrich for Montgomery County Executive

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Nurses Organizing Committee Endorses Marc Elrich for Montgomery County Executive

SILVER SPRING, Md._ On April 17, the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), an affiliate of National Nurses United, announced their endorsement of Marc Elrich for Montgomery County Executive.

NNOC’s endorsement follows the announcements of Progressive Neighbors and the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association last week and is the seventeenth organizational endorsement Elrich has received overall.

“Registered nurses are proud to endorse Councilmember Marc Elrich to be the next Montgomery County Executive because he is the clear progressive candidate with a history of bold leadership on issues vital to public health, working families, and the environment,” said Anne Varughese, RN, a Montgomery County resident and member of NNOC/NNU. “Elrich has been the pivotal council leader on issues as diverse as the minimum wage, environmental health, Bus Rapid Transit, reproductive health and empowering registered nurses to speak up for the safety of their patients and their rights on the job. No one is better prepared to lead Montgomery County or has demonstrated that he shares nurses’ values more than Marc Elrich, a consistent ally of our students, workers, advocates for economic justice and human rights, the environment, and immigrants.”

NNOC, which was founded in 2004, represents nurses who believe that political action is an important complement to their direct work with patients. Their members have been on the leading edges of progressive fights across the country and support candidates who share their progressive vision for society.

"I have a deep admiration for nurses,” Elrich said. “In addition to being unsung heroes of our health care system, they're untiring in their advocacy for a better world for their patients and the broader community. I've been proud to partner with National Nurses United in that advocacy and to stand with them in their own push for fairer working conditions. I am honored to have their support."

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Marc Elrich has been an at-large Montgomery County Councilmember since 2006. He chairs the Public Safety Committee, serves on the Education Committee, and is the County Council’s representative to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board. Prior to his election to the County Council, he served on the Takoma Park City Council for 19 years and taught at Rolling Terrace Elementary School for 17 years. For more information, see www.marcelrich.org.

Media Contact:

Ben Spielberg, Campaign Manager

Ben@marcelrich.org

609-828-3783

Authorized by: Marc Elrich for County Executive; Dale Tibbitts, Treasurer; 9511 St. Andrews Way, Silver Spring, MD 20901

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