North Carolina’s public schools faced deep cuts under GOP leadership in the last decade. Naturally, the NC Association of Educators isn’t picking them.
North Carolina’s largest advocacy group for public school employees endorsed several Congressional candidates this week ahead of next month’s primary elections.
The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) represents active, retired, and student members and calls for, among other things, “an equitable, quality public education for every child.”
The primary, the election that decides who will represent each major party in November’s general election, will be on May 17, but the early voting process has already begun.
Here are the candidates the NCAE is endorsing and what NCAE President Tamika Walker Kelly says about each.
Congressional District 12: Charlotte-area
US Rep. Alma Adams, incumbent
Kelly: “The students and educators of North Carolina have a true friend in Congresswoman Adams. She has worked tirelessly to ensure our public schools are adequately funded, that our educators are paid as the professionals they are, and that every child has the opportunity to succeed. She is a champion of the people, and we are proud to once again endorse her to represent us in Washington.”
District 6: Guilford County
US Rep. Kathy Manning, incumbent
Kelly: “The work that Kathy has done in her community speaks volumes and shows the passion she has not only for the citizens in her district, but across the state. She has been a true asset in Washington. Her work to ensure our students and educators have what they need for success lets us know she is committed to a strong public education system in North Carolina.”
District 2: Wake County
NC Rep. Deborah Ross, incumbent
Kelly: “Known for her ability to work across the aisle to deliver results, Deborah is a much-needed voice for students, educators, and public schools on Capitol Hill – advocating for all students to have the opportunity for a quality public education.”
District 1: Eighteen Counties in Northeast NC.
NC State Senator Don Davis
Kelly: “The work of Senator Davis as a member of the General Assembly clearly demonstrates that the children and public schools of North Carolina matter. He clearly values our educators and their efforts to ensure students are successful, not only in the classroom, but in their communities as well.”
Editor’s Note: (This seat was formerly held by Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat, who is not seeking re-election.)
District 14: Parts of Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties
NC State Senator Jeff Jackson
Kelly: “Washington could use more lawmakers like Senator Jackson, who not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. He has a true passion for the citizens of North Carolina, exhibited by his service, dedication, and commitment.”
District 13: Harnett, Johnston and Wayne Counties, and part of Wake
NC State Senator Wiley Nickel
Kelly: “The dedication Senator Wiley exhibits in keeping North Carolina a strong and vibrant state speaks volumes. He knows the educated workforce North Carolina needs to remain competitive in the future begins with great public schools. We stand united in supporting him in his efforts to ensure our students receive a quality education, that schools are fully funded, and that educators are valued and compensated for the work they do every day.”