Central Texas Building Trades Association Endorses Brigid Shea for Travis County Commissioner

Central Texas Building Trades Association Endorses Brigid Shea for Travis County Commissioner

January 13, 2014 — Austin, Texas — The Central Texas Building Trades Association voted last Thursday to endorse Former Austin City Council member Brigid Shea for Precinct 2 Travis County Commissioner. The endorsement adds to an already impressive list of Unions, elected officials and organizations that have decided to support Brigid in her run for Travis County Commissioner. The list includes Sen. Kirk Watson, Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, AFSCME Local 1624, the Austin Firefighters Association and Clean Water Action. 

According to Chris Wagner, President of the Central Texas Building Trades Association, Shea’s ability to bring a broad range of people together and her willingness to listen to other opinions was a major factor in their decision to endorse. 

“We are proud to support Brigid Shea because we know how well she’s worked with us in the past. She understands our issues, specifically prevailing wage laws. Brigid has consistently reached out to learn about what she can do to help make sure workers are both paid and treated fairly,” said Wagner. 

Upon learning of this latest endorsement, Shea released the following statement: 

“I am honored to have the support of the Central Texas Building Trades Association. They have a long history of working to educate the public and elected officials about the importance of prevailing wages. For 25 years I have fought to improve the quality of life for people who live and work in Travis County, including advocating for the use of prevailing wages in both city and county contracts. As commissioner, I will continue fighting to make sure that county contracts require a prevailing wage for workers.” 

In addition to her impressive record of leadership, Wagner said he continues to be impressed by Shea’s capacity to work with persons and groups that may not have supported her in the past. “Our experience with Brigid goes back many years to the 90’s when we did not endorse Brigid Shea during her run for city council, we endorsed her opponent. She obviously won that race and worked well with us afterwards despite our association having endorsed someone else. We appreciate and remember that,” said Wagner. 

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