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The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 476 at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced their support for Lavern Chatman’s candidacy for U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District at their annual Spring luncheon in honor of support staff at HUD.

AFGE Local 476 represents approximately 1800 employees at HUD’s headquarters and Washington field office.

Ashaki Robinson Johns, President of Local 476, and Eddie Eitches, President of the Council which represents the 40 AFGE Locals at HUD, praised Chatman’s commitment to federal workers and helping working families, including her work as President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Urban League assisting those in the 8th District who were facing foreclosure.

At the event, Chatman spoke of her mother’s 30-year career as a postal employee and her activity in the union to make the workplace better for women and minorities.

Chatman is committed to working to protect federal workers and their benefits from future budget negotiations in Congress. She thanked the union for their endorsement and commitment to service.

“I am honored to receive the support of such dedicated public servants,” Chatman said. “In spite of a government shutdown, in spite of sequestration, in spite of a 3-year pay freeze, they continue to work hard each day and keep our country moving forward.”