Democratic picnic

Gubernatorial candidate Nate Boulton speaks with Democrats Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Duck Creek Lodge in Davenport. Scott County Democrats held their summer picnic with four candidates for Iowa governor in attendance.

Andy Abeyta, QUAD-CITY TIMES

Iowa's United Food and Commercial Workers union endorsed Democrat Nate Boulton for governor on Tuesday.

“Nate has always had the backs of workers from being our lawyer at Local 1149 to leading the charge to defend collective bargaining as state senator," Roger Kail, the union's president, said in a statement. "We know as Governor, he will fight for every Iowan to earn a living wage, have the right to a union, and have a safe work environment. The UFCW is proud to be running with Nate."

The union represents more than 9,600 Iowans.

Boulton, who is a first-term state senator from Des Moines, is one of seven Democrats seeking the party's nomination to run for governor next year.

A labor lawyer, he first got statewide notice during the Senate debate earlier this year on the Republican proposal to curtail the union rights of most public-sector workers.

The campaign said it has received 28 endorsements from labor unions.

— Ed Tibbetts

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