Michelle Lujan Grisham Endorsed by Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters, Local 244 of the International Association of Fire Fighters

May 1, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE – With one week until early voting starts, the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters officially endorsed Michelle Lujan Grisham in the First Congressional District.

The International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 244 is the third major labor organization to endorse Lujan Grisham, who has the most momentum in the Democratic primary as voters head to the polls.

“Michelle’s strong commitment to first responders and their well being is unmatched in this critical race for Congress,” said Diego Arencón, General President of the IAFF Local 244. “For years Michelle has worked with us on our legislative priorities in keeping firefighters and citizens safe. Her leadership in garnering bipartisan support while not compromising core values is second to none.”

Lujan Grisham was instrumental passing legislation in 2009 that gives firefighters and paramedics disease and cancer presumptions under the workers compensation act of New Mexico. “Michelle’s knowledge and expertise in healthcare is exactly what we need in Congress.”

“I am honored to have the support from the International Association of Fire Fighters, and I look forward to representing their interests in Congress,” Lujan Grisham said. “We are all grateful for fire fighters’ vigilance and their courage on the front lines. I will make sure that all first responders, who put their lives on the line, never have to leave their rights at the door.”

Michelle Lujan Grisham continues to attract the support of prominent organizations and individuals who are embracing her vision, including New Mexico Professional Firefighters Association,  the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 423, EMILY’s List, former Lt. Governor Diane Denish, WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions), PODER PAC, National Women’s Political Caucus, Women’s Campaign Fund, OPEIU (Office and Professional Employees International Union) Local 251, the New Mexico Pharmacists Association, and received financial support from the National Emergency Medicine PAC and the National Community Pharmacists Association PAC, which represents more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Michelle has also received financial support from the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons PAC and the American Dental PAC.

Authorized by Michelle Lujan Grisham for Congress