UFCW Local 951 Endorses Curtis Hertel Jr. for Michigan State Senate

May 06, 2013, 14:25 ET from UFCW 951

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 951 announced its endorsement of Ingham County Register of Deeds, Curtis Hertel Jr., for the 23rd State Senate District.      

"Curtis has been a fighter for working families in Ingham County," John Cakmakci, UFCW 951 president, said.  "He has a proven track record of standing up for workers and fighting to preserve Michigan's middle class."

As Register of Deeds, Hertel has worked to help homeowners who were victims of wrongful foreclosures achieve justice and to educate the public about the dangers of property and mortgage fraud.  Prior to being elected Register of Deeds in 2009, Hertel spent eight years as an Ingham County Commissioner where he focused on improving workers' lives. During that time, he helped expand access to health care in the community and was a leader in the passage of the living wage.   

"Curtis shows up every day and goes to work for workers, fighting for what's best for them, not just for the one percent," Cakmakci said. "He has done an excellent job representing UFCW members in Ingham County, and I am confident he will continue to be a great advocate for all workers in the Michigan Senate."

Hertel is looking to replace current State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, (D-East Lansing), who is term limited and cannot run for reelection in 2014.

UFCW 951 represents approximately 28,000 workers across Michigan employed at a variety of companies, including: Meijer, Kroger, Rite Aid, JBS, Polly's, Plumb's, Harding's, Valley City Linen and Orchard Grove Nursing Home.