A special message from UFCW Local 400 President Mark Federici

Your vote has never been more important. Elections have consequences — and the one taking place just days from now is the most consequential of our lifetimes.

During this pandemic we have been on the frontlines as essential first responders, putting our health and our families on the line. At a time when economic inequality is at record levels, our living standards are on the line. In an era when assaults on unions have never been more vicious, our right to a voice in the workplace is on the line.

I cannot say this strongly enough: Our vote is our power. Either we use it or we lose it.

If you’ve already cast your ballot through early voting or by mail, thank you. If not, please make a plan to vote now and carry it out.

Vote By Mail

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3, 2020, and received by Friday, November 13, 2020, to be counted. If you have already received a mail ballot, please fill it out today and drop it off at any Mail-In-Ballot Drop Box before 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Starting Tuesday, October 27, 2020, through Monday, November 2, 2020, you may also drop it off at any Early Vote Center between 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., or on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at any Election Day Vote Center between 7:00 .a.m and 8:00 p.m.

You can find the locations of Mail-In-Ballot Drop Boxes, Early Vote Centers, and Election Day Vote Centers at the DC Board of Elections:

Vote Early

Vote early in person at any Early Vote Center from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. between Tuesday, October 27, 2020, and Monday, November 2, 2020.

You do not need to have a reason or fill out an application to vote early.  Bring your mask and ID (you do not need an ID to vote unless it is your first time voting and you registered by mail without providing a copy of an acceptable ID).

Vote on Election Day: November 3rd

Lastly, you can always vote in person on Election Day.  Bring your mask and ID (you do not need an ID to vote unless it is your first time voting and you registered by mail without providing a copy of an acceptable ID) and be prepared to wait in line. Polls are open on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Whatever method you use to cast your ballot, I hope you’ll give serious consideration to voting for the Local 400 recommended candidates and issues listed on the opposite side of this letter. On the basis of their past records and their campaign agendas, I can testify that each of these candidates will fight for your well-being and that of all working families on all the issues that affect your life, your livelihood and your family’s future. We have also looked closely at the ballot questions and have made recommendations that will increase the power of working people and make Maryland a more level playing field.

Your vote is your power.  Please exercise your right to vote and change our nation for the better. Thank you.

In Solidarity,

Mark P. Federici
President and International
Vice President

UFCW Local 400 DC Voter Guide

Listed below are the candidates UFCW Local 400 recommends you vote for this election. They were recommended only after an exhaustive process of getting to know them, analyzing their records, reviewing their positions on issues impacting our members’ lives, and participating in state AFL-CIO meetings. Please note that for districts or questions not listed,
UFCW Local 400 has made no recommendation.


President Joseph R. Biden
Vice President Kamala Harris


City Council
At-Large Ed Lazere and Robert White
Ward 2 Brooke Pinto
Ward 4 Janeese Lewis-George
Ward 7 Vincent Gray
Ward 8 Trayon White


State Board of Education:
At-Large Mysiki Valentine
Ward 2 James Harnett
Ward 4 Frazier O’Leary
Ward 7 Eboni Rose Thompson
Ward 8 Carlene Reid