International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22 endorsed Sam Oropeza, the Republican candidate in the May 17 special election in the 5th Senatorial District.
Local 22 represents more than 4,800 Philadelphia firefighters and paramedics. In announcing the endorsement, Local 22 said, “Your willingness to listen and engage with our members, along with your passion and commitment towards public safety, is just one of the many reasons why Local 22 fully supports your candidacy for Pennsylvania Senate.”
“Earning the endorsement of the brave men and women of IAFF Local 22 is humbling. These first responders are vital to the safety of our community and put themselves in harm’s way without hesitation to help our families,” Oropeza said in accepting the endorsement. “As state senator, I will work as hard to stand up for them as they do for us. Philadelphia is a better place because of their sacrifice, and I will return to them the dedication they provide to us.”
Meanwhile, Oropeza had a fundraiser Saturday night in Fox Chase. He was joined by among others, state Rep. Martin White, City Councilman David Oh and Mark LaVelle, the Republican candidate challenging Democratic Rep. Joe Hohenstein.
White credited Oropeza with going door to door talking about addressing the opioid epidemic, opposing heroin injection sites and adding police officers.
“He’s talking about issues people care about,” she said.
Oh likes Oropeza’s focus on crime and education. The councilman added that White holds sway in the GOP-controlled House when it comes to Philadelphia issues. He said Oropeza would enjoy the same stature as a member of the Republican-held Senate.
Oropeza faces Democrat Jim Dillon. ••