Fight Brewing in Teamsters Elections for National President

Two candidates, Sandy Pope and Fred Gegare, are running against incumbent James P. Hoffa.

Teamsters general president James P. Hoffa, who has led the international union for twelve years, is expected to face two challengers in this fall’s elections, reports the New York Times: Sandy Pope, who heads a local in Queens, and Fred Gegare, who heads a Wisconsin local. Both are expected to be nominated on Thursday at the union’s convention in Las Vegas.

A Hoffa ally dismissed Pope’s candidacy, and an academic expert quoted by the Times said Hoffa probably “has a lock on the presidency.” It would seem that Pope and Gegare might split the anti-Hoffa vote, though Pope argued that the split would be between Hoffa and Gegare, since the latter is a former Hoffa supporter.

Neither Pope nor Gegare appear to be members of either of the Teamsters’ entertainment locals, Local 399 in Los Angeles and Local 817 in New York.

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