OKEMOS — The Michigan Nurses Association voted to unanimously endorse Democratic candidate Abdul El-Sayed in the Michigan Gubernatorial race. A joint press conference was held at the MNA headquarters early Monday to make the announcement.
In a statement released Monday, El-Sayed said “I am humbled and honored to have the support of Michigan’s nurses and, in particular, the largest union representing nurses in Michigan. As a doctor – and as the son and grandson of nurses – I have been thankful to know the work and care of nurses my whole life. I’m honored to stand with nurses who are on the front lines fighting for patient well-being and safety. No Michigander should face the harsh reality of not being able to receive the healthcare they need – and that’s why I stand with Michigan’s nurses for single-payer health reform. We stand together for the people of Michigan.”
The Michigan Nurses Association is the largest labor and professional association for registered nurses in the state. During the local nurse’s strike back in October, El-Sayed stood with the nurses against Duke LifePoint where the nurses advocated against unsafe staffing conditions that comprised patient care.
“The Michigan Nurses Association is proud to support Abdul because he is a leader on fixing our broken healthcare system, an advocate for working people, and a champion for reforming state government,” said John Armelagos, a Registered Nurse and President of the Michigan Nurses Association, in the statement. “Among all candidates for governor, Abdul is the one who best embodies what nurses want and can be counted on to bring all Michigan residents together to move beyond the harmful status quo.”
The full press conference can be viewed HERE.