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Three Eastern Shore International Association of Fire Fighters Chapters Endorse Hogan

Hogan for Governor today announced that three International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) local Maryland unions, Ocean City Career Fire Fighters and Paramedics, Worcester County Professional Fire Fighters, and Salisbury Career Fire Fighters are proud to endorse Governor Larry Hogan’s re-election.

These three endorsements add to the historic level of support for Governor Hogan from a coalition of current and former Democratic leaders, public sector and private sector unions, and business groups. In addition to the three Eastern Shore IAFF union, Governor Hogan has been endorsed by the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Maryland Chapters, the Laborers’ International Union of North America, the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, Welders and HVAC Technicians (UA), the Maryland State Pipe Trades Association (MDPT), Steamfitters & Plumbers Local Union 486, Steamfitters & Plumbers Local Union 489, Fire Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 669, Plumbers Local Union 5, Steamfitters Local Union 602, International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), State Law Enforcement Officers Labor Alliance (SLEOLA).

“There has been no greater friend to Maryland’s fire fighters than Governor Hogan,” said Ryan Whittington, President of the Ocean City Career Fire Fighters and Paramedics. “Every day he’s in office, we know he’s working to support our service and sacrifice. We are proud to endorse him for re-election.”

“The fire fighters of Worcester County Professional Fire Fighters offer their full support and endorsement to Governor Hogan for a second term,” said Melissa Bragg, President of the Worcester County Professional Fire Fighters. “Governor Hogan’s leadership on the issues that matter to fire fighters has been inspiring, and we look forward to working with him over the next four years.”

“Fire fighters serve their communities each and every day on the job. Over the last four years, Maryland’s fire fighters have had a friend in Larry Hogan, someone who fully supports and honors that service,” said Aaron Colegrove, President of the Salisbury Career Fire Fighters. “We offer our full endorsement of Governor Hogan, and we look forward to doing everything we can to ensure he wins re-election. Maryland cannot afford to turn back now.”

From the very start of Governor Hogan’s first term in office, he has worked to enact legislation and policies that support fire fighters and first responders. In 2017, the governor pushed for and enacted the Hometown Heroes Act to exempt the first $15,000 of their retirement income from state taxes. This year, new legislation was introduced by the governor and signed into law to expand the reach of this initiative. The governor has repeatedly introduced legislation to exempt 100 percent of fire fighters and first responder’s retirement income from state income taxes and has pledged to continue fighting to reach this goal. Today’s endorsement by three Eastern Shore IAFF local unions underscores Governor Hogan’s commitment to protect those who protect Marylanders and his strong leadership on public safety issues that have benefited citizens across the state.

“It is a humbling honor to receive the endorsement of the Ocean City Career Fire Fighters and Paramedics, the Worcester County Professional Fire Fighters, and the Salisbury Career Fire Fighters,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “During my time as governor, I have been greatly touched by the selflessness of our state’s outstanding fire fighters. Every day they serve their communities, and as long as I am governor, I promise that our professional fire fighters will have a friend in the governor’s office, an open door, and a seat at the table. I look forward to working with them in my second term as we continue to fight for the issues that matter most to them and their families.”

The IAFF has headquarters in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario, and represents more than 313,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics in more than 3,200 affiliates. IAFF members protect more than 85 percent of the population in communities throughout the United States and Canada.