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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – POCATELLO, ID – NOVEMBER 2, 2013 – Several key local organizations, unions and associations recently announced their endorsements of Brian Blad for Mayor of Pocatello, including the Pocatello Fire Fighters Local 187, Pocatello Police Department Union, Building Contractors Association of Southeast Idaho and the Greater Pocatello Association of Realtors.
Union endorsements for Blad include the Pocatello Fire Fighters Local 187 and the Pocatello Police Union. Curtis Smith, a Pocatello fire fighter and President of Local 187, said, “Under his leadership, [Blad] has taken the initiative to work with every city department so he can understand the roles and responsibilities of all the departments and have a better understand of their needs.”
Smith credits Blad’s leadership and strong advocacy for the Ambulance levy that was put up for a public vote. The levy passed and the City of Pocatello subsequently secured a third ALS ambulance to serve local residents.
He’s also a very open, receptive mayor, and very involved in the community,” Smith said. “He understands the needs of the citizens.”
The Building Contractors Association of Southeast Idaho (BCASEI), also recently announced their endorsement of Mayor Blad for reelection. The non-profit trade Association’s primary focus is the vitality of the building industry, working with local governments, state governments, and national governments to protect their livelihood as well as the American dream of affordable homeownership.
“Mayor Blad has worked tirelessly over the past four years to bridge the gap between the City Planning and Development Services and the contractors that build homes and businesses in Pocatello,” said Ed Quinn, President, BCASEI.
The BCASEI credits Mayor Blad’s push for regional economic growth, as well as his straightforward, no-nonsense approach local governance.
“Pocatello wasn’t growing before Mayor Blad was voted into office,” said David Coffin, Vice President, BCASEI. “The bottom line is if the City isn’t successful in bringing in jobs, we’re not building homes.”
The Greater Pocatello Association of REALTORS® also endorses Blad’s candidacy for mayor. The organization of Real Estate Professionals works together to assist buyers and sellers in purchasing and marketing real property in Idaho.
What do these endorsements mean for Blad’s campaign?
“I’m pleased with the support and backing from these important and diverse voices in our community,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “The endorsements, especially from the local unions, illustrate my non-partisan approach to governing the City of Pocatello and shows my leadership to bring opposite parties together to make a difference for the greater good of Pocatello.”