Norwood’s vote in June against a property tax increase that will pay to end the furloughs did not cost her support among the union, Daws said.
“When someone votes with you 95 percent of the time, on occasions you have to understand they have to stand their ground as well,” said Daws, a lieutenant in the department.
Two leading mayoral candidates were not happy with the endorsement.
A spokeswoman for City Council President Lisa Borders said several firefighters called the campaign to say they were disappointed by the union’s decision. Borders supported the tax increase to end the furloughs.
“We’re baffled because Lisa has ... been with [the firefighters] at their most important moments,” said the spokeswoman, Liz Flowers.
State Sen. Kasim Reed (D-Atlanta) said in a statement he respects the union’s decision, but maintained his support for the city’s firefighters is “unwavering.”