AFGE congratulates U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock for winning Georgia’s runoff election on Dec. 6 and making history as the first Black person from the state ever elected to a full six-year term in the Senate.
“Raphael Warnock’s victory solidifies Democratic control of the U.S. Senate and caps a midterm election that will go down in history as one of the strongest mid-term performances of any incumbent party in decades,” AFGE National President Everett Kelley said.
“Senator Warnock’s victory is due in no small part to the many active and retired members of AFGE who volunteered their time to help get out the vote on both Election Day and in the Georgia runoff,” Kelley said.
AFGE deployed 11 staff for the runoff election, sent out more than 7,000 mailers, initiated thousands of phone calls and text messages, and ran a statewide get out the vote digital ad that targeted nearly 7,000 of our members in the state.
“I am so proud of the AFGE activists and leaders in Georgia who worked hard to get out the vote and make this historic victory possible,” AFGE District 5 National Vice President David Mollett said.
Kelley added, “Senator Warnock joins more than 235 AFGE-endorsed candidates in both the House and Senate who won their contests – ensuring that pro-worker and pro-union policies will continue to remain in the forefront of our democratic process and legislative efforts in the next congressional session.”
AFGE Local 987 went to bat for Warnock
Local 987 teamed up with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Black Lives Matter to get out the vote for Warnock before Election Day. More than 200 people, including NVP Mollett, participated.
The local also hosted the AFL-CIO Zone 2 get out the vote for the runoff, and thanks to that and the hard work of release staff and Local 987 retiree, Vice President Jeanette McElhaney, on the ground there, Bibb County, home to Warner Robins AFB where a large number of AFGE members work, went for Warnock.