Republican Al Redmer picked up two huge endorsements as the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4 and the Baltimore County Professional Firefighters Association announced that they were endorsing the GOP candidate for Baltimore County Executive.
“IAFF 1311 is proud to support Al Redmer for Baltimore County Executive, and our members are confident that he is the right candidate not only for the men and women of the fire service, but for all Baltimore County residents,” Michael Day said from the firefighters union. “We look forward to working with Mr. Redmer over the next four years to improve working conditions for our fire fighters and make sure they have the resources they need to serve the people of Baltimore County.”
Cole Weston of the police union also said his union is proud to support Redmer.
“Al Redmer is the only candidate who truly understands the challenges that our law enforcement officers face on a daily basis, and FOP Lodge #4 is proud to support him in his race to become the next Baltimore County Executive,” Weston explained.
“We’re confident that under a Redmer administration, Baltimore County will be a safer place to live and work, which will benefit all of our residents and communities.”
This is in addition to Redmer receiving the Baltimore County sheriff’s deputies (Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25) endorsement over the summer.
“I could not be more proud to have the support of these fine unions and the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every single day in service to our communities and the people of Baltimore County,” Redmer said in a statement.
“Throughout our campaign, I have consistently spoken of the failure of Baltimore County to adequately fund our most basic needs, and the fire and police departments have often been direct victims of that. For too long, these men and women have not had the support that they should from local government. As County Executive, I will make sure that the men and women who protect and serve our communities have the support and resources they need to do their jobs. They undoubtedly deserve it, and under a Redmer administration, they are going to get it.”
There was a time when all of the union endorsements went to Democratic candidates but there has been a shift, especially with police and firefighters.
His Democratic opponent John Olszewski, Jr. has been endorsed by the Teachers of Baltimore County (TABCO) and by multiple labor unions, but police unions have endorsed many GOP candidates during this election. It was really no surprise when Maryland Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) voted to unanimously endorse Republican Gov. Larry Hogan over his Democratic challenger Ben Jealous. Many believe that Jealous and his anti-police rhetoric made it an easy endorsement of Hogan.
The Maryland FOP also endorsed Republican Attorney General nominee Craig Wolf over Democratic Attorney Gen. Brian Frosh.
For decades, police unions have favored Democratic candidates over Republican candidates. That is starting to change here in Maryland.