It’s the middle of summer, and you’ve probably received your primary election ballot in the mail.
WEA-PAC, WEA’s political action committee, has endorsed more than 50 candidates for everything from state Supreme Court to the Legislature. (We’re still in the process of making recommendations, so the list of pro-ed candidates will continue to grow in coming weeks – including candidates for Congress.)
Be sure to mail or drop off your primary ballot on or before Aug. 5.
Did you know WEA-PAC is Washington’s largest and most effective political action committee for school employees?
More than 33,000 teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and retired educators are WEA-PAC members, and together, we elect pro-education candidates in local and statewide elections. This year, that includes four educators – incumbent state Reps. Monica Stonier, Steve Bergquist and Lillian Ortiz-Self, in addition to Everett teacher Mike Wilson, who is running for an open state House seat.
WEA-PAC recommendations are made by teams of WEA members at the local level. It’s a thorough, educator-led process focused on public education and issues that directly affect school employees. Outgoing WEA-PAC Manager Martha Patterson from Olympic, has this to say about the process:
“It’s great to see how candidates respond to the written questionnaire and even more interesting to interview the candidates in person. It becomes clear which candidate understands and supports our public schools, who is interested in forming a relationship with us and who is willing to seek us out on education issues they don’t know a lot about.”
Ultimately, Patterson said, WEA-PAC helps influence the policies and decisions that affect students and educators. From the governor to local school board members, elected officials make major decisions about education policies and resources, including compensation, class size and academic standards.
“We need more elected leaders in Olympia and in local school districts who will fight for what our schools and students need,” Patterson said.
Be sure to mail or drop off your primary ballot on or before Aug. 5. Ballots for the Nov. 4 general election arrive in mid-October.