State’s largest union backs Olson for governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s largest union is backing Democratic state Rep. Tyler Olson for governor.

Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced its endorsement Wednesday. The union represents about 40,000 workers in state and local government, schools and some private sector jobs.

The union says it likes Olson’s message of supporting Iowa’s workers and the middle class.

Olson is among two Democrats running in the 2014 race. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad is widely expected to seek re-election.

Olson says he wants to grow small businesses through economic development policies that are more helpful to start-ups.

The 37-year-old Cedar Rapids native works for his family electrical contracting business. He’s in his fourth term in the state House and is the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party.

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