By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.com

Sheika Reid, a candidate for the Ward 1 D.C. Council seat, recently got a huge endorsement.

Reid received the nod of approval from the American Federation of State, Council and Municipal Employees’ (AFSCME) District 20 Council on April 29. Andrew Washington, the executive director of the union told the AFRO in a brief interview why his members selected Reid.

Sheika Reid is an entrepreneur-activist in Ward 1. (Courtesy Photo)

“We felt she was a better candidate than the incumbent,” Washington said. In Reid’s April 29 Facebook post, it said the council challenger got the endorsement “because Reid supports working families and public sector workers.”

Reid is seeking to unseat D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1) and is joined by former D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Lori Parker, advisory neighborhood commissioner Kent Boese in the June 19 Democratic Party primary.

“I’m so humbled and honored to receive the endorsement of the hardest working Union in the District of Columbia,” she said on her Facebook page. “I’m so ready to get to work for the workers and people who make D.C. the greatest city in these United States.”