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Oklahoma Teamsters Endorse Edmondson in Governor’s Race

16:22PM on June 23 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters locals in Oklahoma City and Tulsa today announced their endorsement of Attorney General Drew Edmondson in the race for Oklahoma governor.

The locals represent about 3,000 members, about 3,200 retirees and their families.

“I am honored to have this important endorsement, which underscores my commitment to the men and women of a ‘Working Oklahoma,’” Edmondson said.

In announcing his organization’s endorsement, Oklahoma City Teamsters Local 886 President Randy Loewenkamp said Local members and their families “greatly appreciate Drew Edmondson’s service to our country in Vietnam and value his commitment to the working men and women of Oklahoma.”

Loewenkamp said Edmondson’s plans for growing good-paying jobs in Oklahoma will benefit all job categories and all communities in the state.

"We need a governor who will fight for working families and bring new job opportunities to Oklahoma," said Gary Ketchum, president of Teamsters Local 523 in Tulsa. “We believe Drew Edmondson is the one for the job.”

Oklahoma Teamsters are engaged in package delivery, long-haul trucking, maintenance, warehousing, manufacturing, aviation, rental cars, health care, food production and printing and other related industries.

Teamsters Local 886 in Oklahoma City represents 2,200 workers and 1,200 retirees throughout central and western Oklahoma. Tulsa Local 523 represents 800 workers and about 2,000 retirees in northeastern Oklahoma.

Edmondson has served as Oklahoma’s attorney general since 1995. Prior to being elected attorney general, he served as Muskogee County district attorney for 10 years, prosecuting crimes ranging from financial fraud to murder. Information about his campaign for governor is available at www.edmondson2010.com.

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