Democratic representative wins key endorsement from nurses
BAY CITY, Mich. — With the spread of COVID-19 continuing to threaten the health of Michiganders, the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) formally endorsed Rep. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) because of his ability to make sound public policy decisions in Lansing rooted in the expert advice of the medical community.
The state’s largest labor organization and professional association for registered nurses (RNs) officially endorsed Elder over Republican Timothy Beson in the race for Michigan’s 96th House District, which includes Bay County.
“As a nurse who sees patients sick with COVID-19 every day, I know how important it is to elect someone willing to listen to public health experts and re-open Michigan’s economy safely,” said Jamie Brown, RN, a critical care nurse who is president of the Michigan Nurses Association. “Rep. Elder is the best choice to promote public health and keep families safe during these challenging times.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer continues to garner broad public support for her decisive action in response to COVID-19 and has been a leading voice on the direct link between public health and Michigan’s economy.
In the Legislature, Rep. Elder is an advocate for what nurses need to safely take care of patients in Michigan, including co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation called the Safe Patient Care Act.
“We can improve our health care system by passing a law that limits how many patients are assigned to a nurse and how many hours they are required to work,” Brown said. “Rep. Elder has been a strong voice for frontline nurses fighting COVID-19 every day. We are proud to endorse Rep. Elder for the state House because he is the best choice to keep families in Bay County safe and will always prioritize public health over partisan politics.”
The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) is the largest, most effective union for RNs across the state. As the voice for all registered nurses in Michigan, MNA advocates for nurses and their patients at the Capitol, in the community, and at the bargaining table.