Less than two weeks after his entry into the race, the Memphis local of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) is the first organization to announce its endorsement of Tennessee Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris for Shelby County Mayor.
The ATU is the largest labor union representing transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada.
The Memphis chapter of the ATU, Local 713, represents the interests of nearly 500 workers.
On October 4, Sen. Lee Harris announced his entry into the race for Shelby County Mayor.
So far, Harris is the only candidate in the Shelby County Mayoral race to name transit as a priority. He has supported public transit throughout his career in public service.
Harris served on the City Council before being elected to the State Senate. While on City Council, he was able to steer additional funding to the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA).
Thomas Davidson, Secretary of ATU Local 713, said “The Union has chosen to support Lee Harris in his bid for our next County Mayor because our success depends on productive relationships with and support from all levels of government, especially local governments. Lee Harris supporst our members. He supports the 20,000+ passengers who ride public transit in Shelby County each day.”
Harris noted, “I am a firm believer in the need for an effective public transit system for all Shelby County residents. Public transit is an essential element in combating poverty and building strong communities. Public transit helps ensure many of our citizens can get a job, keep a job, and get to work. I am grateful for the support of ATU Local 713, because ATU represents the working men and women who strive, every single day, to make transit available to all Shelby County residents.”