The 2018 mid-term elections will determine control of the U.S. House and Senate, 36 governorships, control of most state legislatures, and many county and municipal offices.
The outcome of these elections will directly affect OPCMIA members’ lives. Will jobs be created with new infrastructure investments? Will prevailing wage laws be strengthened or repealed? Will more “right to work for less” laws be passed to cripple the power of unions to fight for working families? Will safety and health regulations — and workers’ basic rights — be improved or undermined? Will federal, state and local policies serve your interests or those of billionaires and big business?
Your vote will help determine the answers to these questions — not only in the November 6th general election, but in your states’ primaries, too. Because the first step to electing public officials who are on our side is to make sure they win their primaries and appear on the general election ballot.
It’s especially important to pay attention to state and local races, as well as Congress, because that’s where key decisions about road and bridge construction and repair — and large development projects — are usually made.
To get more information on the candidates in your area and where they stand on the issues you care about, please contact your Local Union.
Here are the dates for upcoming state primaries, courtesy of the National Conference of State Legislatures. (Note that some states provide for runoffs if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote.) Please vote and make your voice heard!
|North Carolina||May 8|
|West Virginia||May 8|
|Texas Runoffs||May 22|
|Arkansas||May 22 | June 19 Runoff|
|Georgia||May 22 | July 24 Runoff|
|Alabama||June 5 | July 17 Runoff|
|Mississippi||June 5 | June 26 Runoff|
|New Jersey||June 5|
|New Mexico||June 5|
|Oklahoma||June 26 | Aug. 28 Runoff|
|South Dakota||June 5|
|North Dakota||June 12|
|South Carolina||June 12 | June 26 Runoff|
|Tennessee||Aug. 2 (Thursday)|
|Hawaii||Aug. 11 (Saturday)|
|New Hampshire||Sept. 11|
|New York||Sept. 13|
|Rhode Island||Sept. 12 (Wednesday)|
|Louisiana||Nov. 6 | Dec. 8*|
*Louisiana holds its primary for all parties on the same day the rest of the country holds the general election. If needed, a runoff is held in December.