Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley gratefully accepted the endorsement of the the New England Police Benevolent Association today at a press conference at the State House today. Joined by a number of officials from the union, NH State and Legislative Director Stephen J. Arnold, Sr. spoke on behalf of the organization.
“The decision to endorse Jackie Cilley for governor was not a political decision, it was not a personality decision, it was a public safety decision,” said Arnold. “I’ve seen Jackie work with law enforcement in the Senate and I’ve seen her with law enforcement in the community. We believe she is the best choice.”
“I want to thank the New England Police Benevolent Association, its Executive Board and their members for this endorsement,” Cilley said. “I am incredibly proud to have earned the NEPBA’s endorsement and confidence.”
“My administration will be focused on assuring the safety of our citizens, our businesses and the visitors to our state,” she went on to say. “That means our public safety personnel must have the resources needed to do their jobs and do them as safely as possible. We have repeatedly asked our safety officials to do more with less and they have done so. We are now at a breaking point in many areas of our state as attested to by Hampton Police Chief Jamie Sullivan’s statement “we are now doing less with less.”
The New England Police Benevolent Association represents nearly 1000 police, corrections, fish and game, probation and parole, liquor enforcement, dispatchers and law enforcement support staff in NH and about 5000 in New England.
The last two months have seen the Cilley campaign building support at an ever-increasing rate. A standing ovation speech to the New Hampshire Democratic Convention and strong debate performances have left her tied with leading Democratic and Republican candidates. With this endorsement, the New England Police Benevolent Association joins the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local No. 3, the New Hampshire Association of Letter Carriers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 490 and 2320 and the 11,000 members of the New Hampshire State Employees Association/SEIU Local 1984.