Hogan for Governor today announced that the Baltimore Fire Fighters Local 734 and the Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1664 are proud to endorse Governor Larry Hogan’s re-election. These important 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.
“Fire fighters serve their communities every day on the job, and with Governor Hogan, Maryland’s fire fighters always know they have a friend in the governor’s office,” said Dickie Altieri, President of the Baltimore Fire Fighters Local 734. “We’re proud to endorse Governor Hogan, and we look forward to working with him during his second term. Maryland cannot afford to turn back now.”
“It is my privilege to announce that the Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1664 proudly endorses Governor Larry Hogan for re-election,” said Jeff Buddle, President of the Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1664. “Maryland’s fire fighters have this governor’s back, and we know that our governor will never stop fighting for us. As a true friend of the fire service we look forward to continuing our work with Governor Hogan over the next four years.”
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. Governor Hogan has introduced legislation three times 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 endorsements by the Baltimore Fire Fighters Local 734 and the Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1664 underscore 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 tremendous honor to receive the endorsements of the Baltimore Fire Fighters Local 734 and the Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1664,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “As governor, I have been moved countless times by the bravery and sacrifice of our state’s fire fighters. These outstanding men and women are at their best when others need them the most. Over the next four years, I can promise that our professional firefighters will always 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 to Maryland’s fire fighters.
Governor Hogan has been endorsed by 53 Democratic leaders, including Senator Jim Brochin, a former lt. governor, two former Speakers of the House of Delegates, and the Mayors of Bowie and Gaithersburg, the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, Welders and HVAC Technicians (UA), the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), the Fraternal Order of Police, the State Law Enforcement Officers Labor Alliance (SLEOLA), the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association, the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, the Maryland State Pipe Trades Association (MDPT), the Steamfitters & Plumbers Local Union 486, the Steamfitters Local Union 602, the Fire Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 669, the Steamfitters & Plumbers Local Union 489, the Plumbers Local Union 5, the LIUNA Local 11, the LIUNA Local 572, the LIUNA Local 710, the Maryland Flight Paramedics Association, the Salisbury Career Fire Fighters, the Ocean City Career Fire Fighters and Paramedics, and the Worcester County Professional Fire Fighters.
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.