U.S. Rep. Andy Kim (D-3) today announced the endorsement of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air & Rail Transportation Workers (SMART) and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, Local 28. These new endorsements add to his broad base of support among New Jersey organized labor.
“You have shown from day one your commitment to fighting for issues of importance not only to the members of our great International Union, but all Americans. We made a conscious decision last time when you ran to go against many of our friends in Labor and back your candidacy, we were right then, and we are right now. We wish you all the best and will fight for you like you have fought for us as we go forward.” – Stephen J. Dodd, Sheet Metal, Air & Rail Transportation Workers Director of Governmental Affairs.
“The Boilermakers Labor Force here in New Jersey are proud to give Andy and his team our full endorsement for re-election so that he may continue the hard work and effort that he gives in making his district and our state a better place to live and raise our families.” – James R. Chew Jr., Boilermakers Local 28 Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer
“When our workers win, our nation wins. I’m proud to receive the endorsement of SMART and the Boilermakers as I fight for strong unions, fair pay, and safe work environments,” said Kim. “I’ve led the charge in Congress to stop threats against collective bargaining and keep New Jersey jobs here in New Jersey, and I’ll continue that work every day I serve in Congress.”
In addition to the the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air & Rail Transportation Workers (SMART) and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, Local 28 (Boilermakers), Kim has been endorsed by the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ), ATU New Jersey State Council, Ironworkers Local 399, UA Local 322, Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC Service Technicians, Teamsters Joint Council 53 and Local 676, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers of New Jersey, the Communication Workers of America Local 1036 and Local 1032, The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the New Jersey State Association of Letter Carriers, and the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ).
Kim also has the support of the American Postal Workers Union, the National Treasury Employees Union, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, and the Air Line Pilots Association, among others.
Without taking support from corporate PACs, the campaign raised more than $1 million in the second fundraising quarter of 2020. The campaign has raised more than $4.3 million in the 2020 cycle, and currently has more than $3.5 million cash on hand. The campaign has put itself in a strong position to win what is widely expected to be one of the most competitive races in the country this fall. Of individual donations to Kim’s campaign, 90 percent were $100 or less, demonstrating continued grassroots support that helped him win in 2018.
Kim has been listed as part of the DCCC’s Frontline program and has been endorsed by government reform groups like End Citizens United PAC and the Patriotic Millionaires; national security and veterans groups like VoteVets, Serve American PAC, Foreign Policy for America, and Council for a Livable World; progressive groups like the League of Conservation Voters and Planned Parenthood Action Fund; and advocacy organizations like Brady PAC, Emgage Action and Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA), among other organizations.
Kim grew up in Marlton and lives in the district with his wife, Kammy, and two young children. He previously served as the Director for Iraq and the Counter-ISIS fight at the White House National Security Council and as a strategic adviser to top generals in Afghanistan.