on Thursday, 01 March 2018. Posted in Press Releases, Endorsements

Fullerton, CA –  The Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF) has announced their early and unanimous endorsement of Joe Kerr’s campaign for Orange County Supervisor. An early endorsement from OCLF is rare and reserved for races that are considered to be among the organization’s highest priority.

In announcing the endorsement, OCLF President Gilbert Davila released the following statement:   
"Joe Kerr has the instincts, values, and experience needed to make a great Supervisor. He is a champion for progressive economic policies aimed at strengthening our economy, growing wages, and creating good jobs. He is also a reformer, who is committed to increasing transparency and accountability at the highest levels of local government. The Orange County Labor Federation is proud to announce our early endorsement in the contest for the 4th Supervisorial District because this is an important race, the stakes in this election are high, and Joe Kerr is a uniquely qualified candidate."

The Orange County Labor Federation represents more than 90 local unions throughout Orange County. Their members include teachers, plumbers, grocery workers, hotel workers, nurses, sanitation workers, public employees and many more. The endorsement of Kerr came on a unanimous vote.

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 in a swimming pool and had stopped breathing.

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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