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House candidate Cooke picks up endorsement of local hospital workers



When some union workers at Gundersen in La Crosse formed a picket line for better wages this year, 3rd District House candidate Rebecca Cooke met with them on a chilly winter day. 

Now, during the summer, one union representing Gundersen health workers is returning the favor by endorsing Cooke for the open 3rd District seat. 

Cooke received the local SEIU endorsement at an event in La Crosse on Wednesday.  She told union members that she needs their help, as a candidate who knows the area culture, “who will be a relentless fighter for our way of life.”

“And I’m gonna need your help to do that,” Cooke said at a backyard ice cream social in La Crosse. “I need you all here to talk to your neighbors and your friends, to other Gundersen workers, to other SEIU members throughout this region, not just here in La Crosse, but throughout the 3rd CD.”

Cooke is one of four Democrats running in the August primary to succeed retiring Congressman Ron Kind, along with Brad Pfaff, Mark Neumann, and Deb McGrath. Derrick Van Orden is the lone Republican in the race.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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