Brea, CA – Joe Kerr’s campaign for Orange County Supervisor announced endorsements from three local building trades unions today. The list of supportive organizations includes the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 652, and UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 582.
“We are standing with Joe Kerr because our members trust him to fight for quality jobs for north Orange County residents and a fair playing field for working families,” said Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Business Agent Rich Gomez who works out of the Buena Park Training Center. “As a firefighter and fire captain, Joe is a tough and tested leader who will always put the interests of middle class families first.”
“For three decades Joe Kerr has served our communities as a firefighter, fire captain, and community leader—there is no one more qualified to serve now on the Board of Supervisors,” said Laborers’ Local 652 Business Manager Adrian A. Esparza. “We look forward to working closely with Joe to grow Orange County’s economy, create new jobs, and strengthen the middle class.”
The three organizations join Congressman Lou Correa, Assemblymember Tom Daly, and the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) in announcing early endorsements of Kerr’s campaign.
Joe Kerr is a second-generation professional firefighter who served as a fire captain with the Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Fire Department for over 25 years. He was the first President of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, the former Vice President of the California Professional Firefighters, as well as a former Vice President of the Orange County Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO).
Joe was named Fireman of the Year by the Cypress Fire Department in 1979, Overachiever of the Year by the Orange County Firemen’s Association in 1984, and Fire Captain of the Year by the Orange County Fire Department in 1986. In 1981, he was given a Certificate of Merit from the Orange County Board of Supervisors for his role in responding to the Air California jetliner crash at John Wayne Airport. He was also presented with the Courage Under Fire Award in 1999 for rescuing and reviving a non-breathing occupant who was trapped in a residential structure fire. After retiring in 2012, Joe received numerous awards and recognitions for helping to save the life of a baby who was drowning and had stopped breathing in a swimming pool.
Joe’s history of community service includes having served as an advisor to the Board of the Orange County Foundation for Oncology, Children and Families (OCF-OCF).
Joe grew up in La Habra and Cypress. He and his wife, China, are the proud parents of a 13-year-old son.
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