At an early morning meeting on Tuesday, July 01, 2014 the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1414, President Tommy Stokes, presented a check for $5,000 to Brian Reese in support of his bid as the Democratic nominee for U. S. Congress, District 1 to replace Jack Kingston. The presentation was made at the Local 1414 Union Hall on Lathrop Avenue. President Stokes stated that the association decided to back Brian Reese in the July 22 run-off and to do everything in their power to assure a successful campaign. Mr. Stokes stated, “Brian has demonstrated to them that he is the best candidate to represent their organization, the Georgia Ports, and the expansion of the Savannah Harbor. Stokes added, “Harbor deepening is going to be a real game changer here, even before it’s finished. When megaships begin to come through the Panama Canal in 2015, this port — already the fourth busiest in the country — will start getting even busier. Brian brings a new prospective to the first district. He brings a new, fresh and energetic impact to our District that we know he will take to Washington, D.C. Brian also works in the transportation field and recognizes firsthand how important the Georgia Ports are to the economic growth and sustainability of our district.”
Reese thanked President Stokes and the members of ILA Local 1414. He agreed the Georgia Ports’ expansion is paramount to the continued economic growth in the first district. The Georgia Ports Authority represents over 300,000 jobs in Georgia, with the majority being in the First Congressional District. As the ports expand, it enhances our community and creates jobs that provide security to our families as well as our tax base. “I sincerely appreciate the confidence this organization has placed in my candidacy,” Reese responded.
Mr. Tommy Stokes assumed the position of president in January, 2014. The ILA Local 1414 represents over 2,500 Longshoremen and Women in Chatham County. The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO is the largest Union of Maritime Workers in North America, representing upwards of 65,000 longshoremen on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Great Lakes, Major U.S. Rivers, Puerto Rico and Eastern Canada.
The First District Congressional run-off is Tuesday, July 22. Early Voting runs June 30 through July 18.