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Gelber earns SEIU nod in AG race

Democrat Dan Gelber's campaign for attorney general received the nod Wednesday from the Service Employees International Union. The 45,000-member union cited Gelber's advocacy for health care access and "standing up for working families."

For the full announcement, read below.

For Immediate Release
August 4, 2010

Contact: Christian Ulvert     
(305) 336-3631

Gelber Receives Backing from SEIU
SEIU points to Gelber’s record of protecting consumers and history of standing up for working families
Miami Beach, Fla.- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Florida today announced that its 45,000 members endorse State Sen. Dan Gelber for Attorney General. In their endorsement, SEIU Florida pointed to Gelber’s record of fighting for a strong and accessible healthcare system for Floridians and long history of standing up for working families.
Monica Russo, President, SEIU Florida State Council shared, “The members of SEIU Florida enthusiastically endorse State Sen. Dan Gelber in his campaign for Attorney General. Over the years, it has been Dan Gelber who has unequivocally fought for working families, children and seniors, no matter the consequences. Dan shares our member’s values and principles for quality care, a respect for worker’s rights and a commitment to new opportunities for all Floridians. Dan has always stood up for working families in the past and I know he will continue to do so as our next Attorney General.”
Sen. Gelber said, “I am honored to have the support of SEIU Florida because we have stood shoulder-to-shoulder fighting for the millions of Floridians who lack health insurance and for a quality healthcare system that does not leave anyone behind. I look forward to continue working with SEIU as we bring much needed change to Florida.”
SEIU Florida represents 45,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees, and property service workers and is the largest and fastest-growing union in the state.  SEIU members provide vital public services in Florida's hospitals, nursing homes, public schools, community colleges, municipal government, malls, and universities. With over 2.2 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America.
SEIU Florida joins AFSCME Florida Council, Florida Pipe Trades Council, United Teachers of Dade, Broward Teachers Union, Volusia Teachers Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Transportation Union, International Union of Operating Engineers and the South Florida Council of Fire Fighters in supporting Dan Gelber’s campaign for Attorney General.
Dan Gelber was elected to the State House of Representatives in 2000, serving as the House Democratic Leader from 2006-2008; and elected to the State Senate in 2008. Prior to elected life, Dan spent nearly a decade as a top federal prosecutor, working on public corruption, narcotics and civil rights cases, and serving as a top deputy in that office. He was then appointed chief counsel and staff director for the United States Senate's investigations committee where he focused on terrorism and domestic security.
Dan has the support of Democrats like Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, former Congressman Jim Davis, every Democratic State Attorney who has endorsed in this race and more than 30 current and former state legislators. Dan has been endorsed by AFSCME Florida Council 79, the South Florida Council of Fire Fighters, Equality Florida and many other organizations.
Dan is an AV rated attorney and listed in various peer review publications including Best Lawyers in America and Florida’s Legal Elite. He and his wife Joan Silverstein, a career prosecutor, make their home in Miami Beach with their three children.  For more information about Dan Gelber, please visit