TYLER - Hundreds of East Texas union workers gathered at Lindsey Park in Tyler to celebrate Labor Day. The Smith County Central Labor Council hosted the event.
Candidates on the November ballot made an appearance to discuss the importance of the holiday.
"There are certain things I can't say to my supervisor, but my union can say it for me," said Marcus Cooks, who is celebrating his twenty-third year working at the U.S. Post Office. He brought his wife and sons to the picnic.
Cooks said the picnic is like a family reunion because he gets to see old friends, and having the event on Labor Day makes sense.
"Labor Day is so important, and it's focused around middle class America because they labor day in and day out – long hours,” said Dr. Shirley McKellar, a candidate for U.S. Congress. “This is a day [union workers] can relax, enjoy the beautiful cookout at the beautiful Lindsey Park and enjoy the fellowship and their family members."
Other candidates in attendance were Gary Pinkerton, running for sheriff and Larry Reddic, running for constable precinct 4.
"One vote counts. Everybody's vote counts," said Reddic.
Those attending the picnic were able to register to vote. Dr. McKellar said East Texas must realize the power of its voice.
"It is so crucial to vote. I see that this is one of the most important election years in the history,” Dr. McKellar said.
Early voting starts on Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 4.
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