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State AFL-CIO endorses Pinkins for Secretary of State

Mississippi Secretary of State candidate Ty Pinkins, on Tuesday, Oct. 10, received the endorsement of the Mississippi branch of The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization (AFL-CIO). The Mississippi branch is one of nearly 500 state and local councils of the AFL-CIO. The democratically elected bodies are dedicated to representing the interests of working people at the state and local levels.

Pinkins was given the support of the Mississippi Democratic Party to challenge incumbent Republican Secretary of State Michael Watson when primary winner Shuwaski Young withdrew to deal with personal health issues.

Ty Pinkins

“I’m honored to have the support of the Mississippi AFL-CIO,” said Pinkins. “The AFL-CIO helps to make safe, equitable workplaces and gives working people a collective voice to address workplace injustices without the fear of retaliation. These efforts mirror my fight as it relates to injustices Mississippians face in voting rights issues. To have this endorsement is truly humbling.”  said Pinkins.

“Mississippi needs leaders who put working families first – not their lobbyist friends, donors, and wallets,” said Mississippi AFL-CIO President Robert Shaffer. “We are proud to endorse a true son of Mississippi for Secretary of State.”

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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