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Union's Negative Ads Target Sheriff Michael Jackson
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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- A healthcare workers union has endorsed Rushern Baker for Prince George's County Executive. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson has been the target of it's negative ad campaign.

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The pamphlets sent to voters by Service Employees International Union local 1199, include an incident that happened two years ago. Two dogs sheriff's deputies shot and killed during a misinformed drug raid are now front and center on those pamphlets. It happened while Jackson was sheriff.

Here's Jackson's response:

"They don't live here in Prince George's County. They know nothing about Michael Jackson or my accomplishments over the past eight years," Jackson says.

According to an SEIU spokeswoman Pat Lippold, the union represents 1700 health care workers at Prince George's Hospital.

"There are many examples of how he operates that agency and the fear is that he would operate the county executive's office in the same way," she says.

Many voters say they agree.

"You have to look at their previous record. History is a good indicator for the future," says L.E. Williams, of Riverdale, Md.

"Why not talk about what happened two years ago? It's important to talk about the stuff that matters to the world," says Makeiah Owns, of Hyattsville, Md.

But some say it's better left in the past, and thought should be given to how candidates will run county.

"I think it should be more so based on his merits, not based on the past. I don't think it's fair to base your opinions or your vote on something that's happened in the past," says Jessica Oyawale, of Beltsville, Md.

The union has sent additional negative campaign materials about other candidates in other races. One of the candidates SEIU has endorsed, has told news media he disagrees with the campaign.

Delegate Doyle Niemann has told news sources he is rejecting his endorsement from SEIU and would be returning $1,000 in campaign contributions. SEIU spokeswoman Lippold says the organization has not yet received that money back.

Written by Lindsey Mastis
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