Eric Gray Picks up Endorsement From UA Plumber’s Local 78 in Bid For 2nd District Council Seat
2015-09-22 · By Editor
Eric Gray, candidate for the Long Beach City Council’s 2nd District, today announced the endorsement of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing, Pipefitting, and Sprinkler Fitting Industry (UA), Local 78. The local union represents over 1,700 plumbers in Los Angeles County, including many in the City of Long Beach.
“Eric Gray is a proven community leader who understands the issues facing working families in Long Beach,” said UA Plumber’s Local 78 Business Manager Gary Cook. “He believes in creating jobs that can support families, and he has the experience to lead on the City Council. We are proud to support him and we look forward to working with him as the next Councilmember for the 2nd District.”
“I am very honored to have the endorsement of Local 78,” said Gray. “My mother was a school teacher and union member for over 30 years, and our family enjoyed the benefits of a strong, middle-class life as a result. I have great respect for the labor movement and the working families of Long Beach. I look forward to working with the Plumbers to create living-wage jobs and build quality development across the city.”
Eric Gray is a Long Beach community leader, small business owner, and longtime resident of the 2nd Council District. As an active neighborhood volunteer, he currently serves as Downtown Residential Council President-Elect and co-founded the Historic Pine Avenue (HOPA) Business Association that helped spark the rebirth of Historic Pine Avenue. He also helped co-found the Long Beach Music Council and Culinary Long Beach. Eric is a Friends of Bixby Park board member and belongs to both the Long Beach and Long Beach Lambda Democratic Clubs. A passionate and committed volunteer, he is an alumnus of Leadership Long Beach.