For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 press@andrewgounardes.

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United Auto Workers Endorse Gounardes for State Senate Union Joins Growing Coalition to Unseat Marty Golden (Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY) United Auto Workers Region 9A announced their support today for Brooklyn attorney Andrew Gounardes, the Democratic candidate for State Senate in southern Brooklyn’s 22nd district. "I will be voting for Andrew because I know he is smart, hard working and committed to the issues I care about - working families, economic justice, and good jobs," said Larry Goldbetter, President of UAW Local 1981. Local 1981 is part of UAW Region 9A, which includes more than 40,000 active and retired workers in New York State. “On behalf of our members in New York, we are proud to endorse Andrew Gounardes for State Senate in the 22nd,” said Julie Kushner, Director of UAW Region 9A. “Andrew represents the values and commitment to working people and their families that we seek in our elected officials. We will work hard to get him elected in November and look forward to a partnership with him in the State Senate." Gounardes accepted the endorsement, noting that he was “humbled and honored” by the vote of confidence. “Along with the greater labor community, UAW’s dedication has helped prevent a nationwide campaign against working families from taking hold in New York. I look forward to working with them to bring better wages, better schools, and better transit to Brooklyn. Together, we can push back against cuts that balance the budget on working families and their children, who have sacrificed more than their fair share already.” #### Andrew Gounardes is an attorney and Democrat running to replace State Senator Marty Golden in Brooklyn's 22nd district. He is a proud graduate of Fort Hamilton High School and CUNY Hunter College. He earned his law degree from The George Washington University Law School. A former aide to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and City Council Member Vincent Gentile, he is now a member of Community Board 10 and Director of External Affairs at Citizens Committee for New York City. The 22nd Senate District includes portions of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Midwood. You can read his full bio at: www.andrewgounardes.com/about.

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