Fire fighters won up and down the ballot this November, thanks in part to FIREPAC – the IAFF’s political action fund. Our agenda – protecting members’ health and safety, guaranteeing the terms and conditions of work, and securing dignified retirements – was on the ticket, and the IAFF showed that “when we fight, we win.”

“Our communities are safer with expert fire and EMS services – and with politicians who understand the importance of that,” said General President Edward Kelly. “No one understands our needs better than we do, so we are always eager to support our own in the political arena. As long as politicians are involved in our ability to fight fires, fire fighters will be involved in politics.”

Here’s a look at FIREPAC-supported members elected to office, as well as FIREPAC-backed ballot initiatives focused on bargaining, equipment, staffing, and training.

Frederick County, MD

More than 55 percent of the Frederick County, MD electorate opposed a county council referendum to remove binding arbitration. The initiative would have had severe implications for fire fighters across the state if passed. In addition to funding, the IAFF helped Local 3666 craft messaging, develop a field and campaign plan, create campaign graphics and mailers, and manage all digital media ads.

Illinois State Rep. Mike Kelly, Local 2

Mike Kelly, an 18-year member of Chicago Local 2, won his first full term in the Illinois House, representing the 15th District. Kelly, who was appointed to the seat in November 2021, secured 70 percent of the vote.

Oregon State Rep. Dacia Grayber, Local 1660

Dacia Grayber, a 15-year fire fighter and paramedic with Tualatin Valley, Local 1660, won reelection to the Oregon State House and was named her conference’s assistant majority leader. In her first two years in the state house, she served as Chair of Veterans and Emergency Management and the Vice Chair of Business and Labor. She is on the Ways and Means Public Safety and Wildfire Committees. Grayber led the fight to expand the state’s fire fighter cancer presumption and worker’s compensation improvements for Oregon’s fire fighters. “Fighting fires is a team effort, and so is politics,” she said. “Having the support of my IAFF family as I strive to continue bringing and passing policies that benefit our fire fighter sisters and brothers and the communities we serve is essential to success as a legislator. I’m so honored to have that support.”


Winning Members Supported by FIREPAC

IAFF DistrictStateIAFF MemberLocalPosition
District 3NHMark Proulx789 NashuaNH State Rep.
District 3NHMichael O’Brien789 NashuaNH State Rep.
District 3NHMark MacKenzie856 ManchesterNH House Rep.
District 3NHStephen Pearson856 ManchesterNH State Rep.
District 8ILMike Kelly2 ChicagoIL General Assembly
District 8ILChristopher Scrol413 RockfordCounty Board
District 8OHBrian Baldridge3111 AndersonOH House of Rep.
District 9ORDacia Grayber1660 Tulatin ValleyOR House of Rep.
District 10CAMatthew Samson1507 South San FranciscoWater Board
District 12FLDarron Ayscue3101 Nassau CountyCity Commission
District 14ALHeath Jones1833 HuntsvilleSchool Board
District 14ARWade Andrews1373 CamdenAR State Legislature
District 14TNHarold Brad King1784 MemphisAlderman
District 14LAChad Monceaux1442 CrowleyMayor of Crowley, LA


Winning Initiatives Supported by FIREPAC

IAFF DistrictStateLocalPosition
District 2MO2665 Rock TownshipProperty tax measure to fund additional ambulances
District 4VA2803 ChesterfieldFacilities bond issue
District 4MD3666 FrederickBallot initiative to remove binding arbitration
District 5WI127 La CrossePublic safety referendum for 12 new fire fighters
District 5WI487 City of Eau ClaireReferendum to add 6 personnel to increase Rescue Squad staffing
District 7WA2032 East JeffersonPursuing a merger vote in November, levy $0.12 tax increase
District 7WA3390 Gig HarborCity Fire Levy Lid Lift, and a Capital Facilities Bond
District 7ID4165 KunaFire Levy, and a Capital Facilities Bond
District 7WA4504 Oak HarborCity Fire Levy Lid Lift, and a Capital Facilities Bond
District 8OH379 MarionMillage increases to provide funding for new station, trucks
District 8OH1792 Grandview HeightsMillage increase for a new fire station
District 8OH1832 Miami ValleyMill levy to stabilize funding, reopen a closed station
District 8MI5309 Lyon TownshipLevy increase to add three firefighters
District 9CO4477 BrightonMill levy to staff two stations, equipment, and training
District 9CO4728 Central Lyon CountyFire district ballot measure to fund additional personnel create two new stations
District 10CA1289 ModestoSales tax increase
District 10CA1301 Kern CountyMeasure K for public safety funding increase
District 10CA2342 HemetSales tax increase