Kansas Governor Addresses Machinists

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Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius spoke with Machinists Union leaders in Denver, CO, last week about the upcoming gubernatorial elections.

The Democratic governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, told a group of more than 600 Machinists Union leaders in Denver, CO, that the next big opportunity for working families would come in 2006, when voters in 36 states will elect new governors.

“The next national election in this country is not in 2008, it’s 2006,” declared Sebelius, who called the upcoming gubernatorial elections “an opportunity to change the face of America.” To hear the full speech by Governor Sebelius, go to http://www.goiam.org.

The importance of winning governors' races was echoed by IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “Twelve states hold the key to the 2008 national election,” said Buffenbarger. “Those twelve states: Texas; California; Florida; Michigan; Pennsylvania; Ohio; Wisconsin; New York; Georgia; Illinois; Massachusetts and Maryland contain 230 congressional districts and 254 Electoral College votes. Those states will also be on the front line of any redistricting battle after the 2010 Census is completed.”

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) in one of the largest trade unions in North America and represents nearly 720,000 active and retired members. For more information about the IAM, visit their website at http://www.goiam.org.

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