080513i-Dennis-BenzanFrom the Dennis Benzan for City Council campaign, Sept. 8, 2015: City councillor Dennis Benzan has earned the endorsement of seven labor unions representing more than 18,000 members in Cambridge and Greater Boston. Benzan, elected to the City Council in 2013, is the first Latino vice mayor of Cambridge.

The unions who have endorsed Benzan for reelection to the City Council are: SEIU Local 888; Carpenters Local 33; Carpenters Local 40; Laborers Local 151; Floorcoverers Local 2168; Pipe Fitters Local 537; and the International Association of Iron Workers Local 7.

“I am honored to earn the support of these local unions in my reelection campaign. I have made it a priority over the past two years as a city councillor to support and advance issues that are important to our working families in Cambridge. In my second term, I will continue working to make our city a national leader in providing great schools, livable streets, access to affordable housing and sustainable living,” Benzan said.

Benzan was born and raised in Cambridge and is the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. He graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Howard University and law degree from Roger Williams Law School. While on the council, Benzan has been a leader in promoting the growth of a middle-income workforce through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math education and closing the achievement gap in our schools. Benzan and his wife, Tanya, are raising their children, India and Matteo, near Central Square.