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VALPARAISO: News in brief
2007-05-04T00:00:00Z News in brief nwitimes.com
May 04, 2007 12:00 am

2 unions endorse Costas re-election

VALPARAISO | The Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and Valparaiso Firefighters Local 1124 both endorsed Jon Costas for re-election as mayor.

Jon Daly, Political Action Committee chairman for Local 1124, which represents more than 50 firefighters, said, "Over the past four years, Mayor Costas has really listened to the concerns of firefighters and has always realized that helping us translates into helping the community."

"Although labor unions traditionally support Democratic candidates, we support Jon Costas' bid for re-election because we recognize his support for labor and our concerns," Jim Strayer, first vice president of the federation of labor, said. Over the past four years, Jon has given us more than a seat at the table. He has given us his ear and an open mind to our problems. He recognizes the value of our efforts and the important role our workers play in the community."

The AFL-CIO represents more than 50 national and international trade unions, including builders, teachers, firefighters, farm workers and others. Costas is seeking a second term as mayor and is running against Councilman Robert McCasland in the Republican primary Tuesday.

Valpo officials host Student Government Day

VALPARAISO | About 35 Valparaiso High School seniors will get a taste of what it's like to govern today during the annual Student Government Day.

The students will shadow elected officials and department heads from both the city and the county beginning at 7:15 a.m. with a breakfast of doughnuts and scones and continuing through the morning. The city activities will include holding a meeting with the mayor and a mock council meeting.

The event educates high school seniors about the workings of local government.

"The experience gives students a better understanding of how decisions are made and work is done in their city and might inspire some students to become future leaders," Mayor Jon Costas said.

Student Government Day is coordinated by David Hollenbeck, who is the attorney for both the city and the county, and Valparaiso High School government teacher Kara Shunkwiler.

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