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The influential Sacramento area firefighters union has endorsed City Council District 4 candidate Steve Hansen in his race against Joe Yee.
In a statement released Thursday, the union said it made the endorsement because of Hansen's "vision for enhancing Sacramento communities and public safety from the ground up."
Hansen said that he believed that the union endorsed him because of his ability to bring people together to solve problems, and his proposals for good government and diversifying the city’s economy.
“The fire department is dependent on city revenues and the city’s economy has been badly stewarded over the last decade, and my approach is that you have to have a safe city to have a successful city.” Hansen said Thursday. “We also have to make sure that we have the kind of economy that can support our firefighters, our police and our parks.
Yee also has a strong base of union support, though most of it comes from the building trades, where he has strong relationships because of his years of work as an architect. The Carpenters Local 46, the Sacramento Sierra Building Trades and Construction Council, and the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association are among the unions that have endorsed Yee, according to the candidate's website.
"I am proud of my endorsements from constructon trades unions as well as business leaders," Yee said an email Thursday night. "I believe they support my campaign because of my 19 years of experience in planning and approving smart growth for Sacramento."
Both Hansen and Yee support Measure U, a ballot measure to create a new one half-cent sales tax to generate funds to "protect essential public safety services" including fire protection and emergency medical response.
The full press release from the firefighters union:
Sacramento, CA—Sacramento Area Firefighters are proud to announce their endorsement of Steve Hansen for City Council, District Four. The Firefighters chose to endorse Hansen based on his vision for enhancing Sacramento communities and public safety from the ground up. Hansen has a plan to facilitate the collaboration of our citizens with each other and with the public safety entities that protect them
“By strengthening the communities themselves, and the public safety agencies that serve them, Sacramento will be more safe and secure, creating a more peaceful and prosperous environment for our citizens,” commented Brian Rice, President of Sacramento Area Firefighters.
In addition to his collaborative approach to strengthening our communities and public safety, Hansen is also running on the concept that Sacramento residents are entitled to public officials that practice sacrifice, accountability, leadership, and integrity. “Sacramento Firefighters are guided by these same principles and therefore, we are proud to stand with Steve Hansen for City Council,” said Ryan Henry, Vice-President of Sacramento Area Firefighters.