FORT WASHINGTON — The Baltimore Washington Laborers’ District Council (BWLDC) announced that it does not endorse write-in county council candidate Tamara Davis Brown claiming she has been circulating “fraudulent campaign literature” on Sept. 30.
The BWLDC, an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), said that Brown is circulating false literature in support of her write-in effort that includes the BWLDC logo and lists the union as an endorser.
After losing the primary election to former Clerk of the Circuit Court Sydney Harrison Brown, who is running for county council District 9, decided to move forward with her campaign as a write-in candidate in the general election.
Following the primary, Brown said she sent an email on July 13 to all of those who endorsed her in the primary election to confirm whether they would like to continue endorsing her for the general election.
Most of the organizations such as the Prince George’s County Educators Association (PGCEA) and the Sierra Club said they would endorse her.
However, the BWLDC did not inform her of their decision until Sept. 24, after Brown had kicked off her campaign on Labor Day, Sept. 3.
“I didn’t take for granted just that people endorsed me in the primary they were going to endorse me in the general (election) as a write-in,” Brown said. “I did take the time and courtesy to ask for support in the general.”
Brown said her campaign needed to save money on graphic designs they kept the front of the literature used the primary and changed back to show voters how to do a write-in vote for the general election.
She informed them in an email that she kept their logo because there was no negative response to the email until that day, she remained a registered Democrat. She did not change party affiliation to run as a write-in candidate and the BWLDC or LiUNA did not select a Democratic nominee for endorsement in the primary election and for the general election.
Additionally, she requested that they assist with paying for the printing of new materials now that she knew they would not be endorsing her and got no response.
“It is disappointing to see a candidate we once supported deceive the public,” said Executive Director of Political and Legislative Affairs for the BWLDC Victoria Leonard in the press release. “Ms. Brown’s behavior is disgraceful and dishonorable, and the residents of Prince George’s County Council District 9 deserve better.”
The BWLDC did not give her an exact reason for ending their endorsement, Brown said.
“I don’t quite know where everything stands,” Brown said. “I got a return receipt when I sent the email initially back in July, on July 13. Everybody received it, and the Laborers’ were one of the few that did not respond.
“We’re not, as far as the campaign is concerned, we’re not producing any fraudulent materials, we definitely had ample opportunity and gave each of the unions ample opportunity from July 13 until the kickoff in September, on Labor Day, to respond to that and so we had the materials printed on the Saturday before Labor Day in order to have it into the hands of the volunteers.”
The BWLDC did not respond to request for comment.