AFSCME Endorses Blakeman

AFSCME Council 31, which represents thousands of university, state, county and city employees in Champaign County, has endorsed every Republican in the four countywide contested races this fall. But the union is backing Democrats in two local legislative races and in most county board contests. The support for the four countywide candidates — John Farney for auditor, Katie Blakeman for circuit clerk, Gordy Hulten for county clerk and Barb Frasca for county recorder — is unusual but not unprecedented, said Tara McCauley, a staff representative with AFSCME. "It's not unheard of for the union to endorse Republicans. It's true that oftentimes there are more Democrats on our endorsement list than

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