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Thank you for being a WEA-PAC member!

Kim Mead

Kim Mead, WEA President

This has been quite a year for education! Last year at this time I was collecting signatures for voter-approved I-1351 for smaller class sizes! This year I’ve been standing side by side with thousands of you, your colleagues and community members taking an incredible stand for students by walking out against the Legislature’s failure to adequately address smaller class sizes, health care and educator compensation. As I’m writing this, elected officials are in their second special session in Olympia struggling to fully fund our public education system and showing a shocking display of politics over policy.

Is the politics in Olympia frustrating? Yes. It’s also a great reminder that we need to elect candidates based on their support for our schools and students. By being a member of WEA-PAC you are part of a community of over 35,000 educators who recommend policymakers who stand up for our schools and students.

It’s pretty simple really — we need candidates who will advocate for a well-funded education system as well as hold the line on threats to educators, students and public schools. In 2015, we have school board and other local races up for election. In 2016, we have half of the Senate, all of the House, the Governor, and other important statewide offices.

So, thank you. By being a member of WEA-PAC you help elect the best candidates running for office.

Kim Mead Signature

Kim Mead, WEA president

Check out the locals at 50+%

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Congratulations to the 94 locals who have 50% or higher WEA-PAC membership!  These locals are all over the state and include large urbans as well as small rural locals. Members statewide are supporting the mission of electing pro-public education, pro-union candidates to office. Check out the list of locals at 50% or higher here.

Recommended candidates for 2015

Elections:

In 2015, we have school board and other local races up for election.  In 2016, we have half of the Senate, all of the House, the Governor, and other important statewide offices. WEA-PAC can help support these races.

Recommended Candidates for 2015:
Below is a list of candidates local associations have endorsed for the 2015 election cycle. We will keep the most current list of candidate recommendations on OurVoice so our members can use this as a tool before they vote. Please contact your local association if you don’t see your school district listed below. This list will be updated as locals make candidate recommendations.

  • Carol Gregory, State Representative, 30th Legislative District
  • Brenda Rogers, Bethel School Board
  • Amy Pivetta-Hoffman, Bethel School Board
  • Caroline Mason, Everett School Board
  • Traci Mitchell, Everett School Board
  • Robert Scheidt, Fife School Board
  • Mark Baumgarten, Franklin Pierce School Board
  • Melanie Morgan, Franklin Pierce School Board
  • Mary Sherman, Franklin Pierce School Board
  • Russ Hanscom, Kent School Board
  • Karen DeBruler, Kent School Board
  • David Cogan, Northshore School Board
  • John Hammond, Northshore School Board
  • Pat Jenkins, Puyallup School Board
  • Brett Amidan, Richland School Board
  • Jill Oldson, Richland School Board
  • Donald Todd, Richland School Board
  • John Lovick,Snohomish County Executive
  • Brian Sullivan,Snohomish County Council, Pos. 2
  • Jerall Haynes, Spokane School Board
  • Lori Kinnear, Spokane City Council
  • Sharlene Lichty, Spokane Mayor
  • Randy Ramos, Spokane City Council
  • Paul Schneider, Spokane School Board
  • Ben Stuckart, Spokane City Council
  • Yoshie Wong, Steilacoom School Board
  • Andrea Cobb, Tacoma School Board
  • Catherine Ushka-Hall, Tacoma School Board
  • Anders Ibsen, Tacoma City Council
  • Justin Leighton, Tacoma City Council
  • Ryan Mello, Tacoma City  Council
  • Mary Lu Dickinson, University Place School Board
  • Rick Maloney, University Place School Board

You Help Make a Difference!

The people we elect make decisions that affect our classrooms, our paychecks, our families and our students. We need candidates who will advocate for a well-funded education system as well as hold the line on threats to educators, students and public schools. These recommended and elected candidates determine policy, budget & education funding.

Make your voice heard…Join WEA-PAC today!

What is WEA-PAC?

WEA-PAC is the Washington Education Association’s political action committee. Our mission is to recommend and elect pro-public education candidates to office. WEA-PAC makes recommendations in races for statewide, legislative and local candidates including school board and county council.

Why should I join?

There is a lot at stake.

Electing pro-education candidates helps us have pro-education policy makers, that support things like fully funding education, smaller class sizes, professional and competitive wages, collective bargaining rights, affordable health care, common sense testing. For more information about WEA-PAC check out the resources below:

WEA-PAC Flier, 2015

WEA-PAC FAQ 2015

Join Here!

Members in K-12 schools, regardless of their specific job can authorize a payroll deduction here.

Community or technical college, retiree, student or staff can join or make a one-time contribution here.

You can contribute via credit card here.

Every education decision is a political decision

Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith

WEA-PAC has over 35,000 members across the state. Evergreen Education Association member and WEA-PAC Board member Wendy Smith explains why she is a WEA-PAC member:

“I belong to WEA-PAC because as a public school teacher, nearly every aspect of my job is touched by politics. Too often, teachers want to just shut the classroom door and focus on our students. But hiding behind our classroom doors is the same as burying our heads in the sand. My colleagues complain about the decisions and actions of the state legislature, but very few do anything in response.Few teachers see themselves as “political” but they do care and they and their students are affected. WEA-PAC is a cheap and easy way to give our “non-political” members a voice, and a way for them to have influence on the decisions that so greatly impact our classrooms.”

WEA-PAC membership is just one way to stay engaged

Members in K-12 schools, regardless of their specific job can authorize a payroll deduction here.

If you are a member in the community or technical college, retiree, student or staff, you can join or make a one-time contribution here.

The people we elect are part of the decision making regarding education proposals.

You can follow their actions and antics on the OurVoice blog page, or by signing up to receive the blog posts and action alerts on the same page.

 WEA-PAC moves into the 21st century!

You can now contribute to WEA-PAC online using a secure donation page!

Our health care, collective bargaining and full funding for public schools are all up for debate in the 2014 legislative session. Investing in great WEA-PAC candidates this election just makes sense!

If you are already a WEA-PAC member you can click here to contribute.

WEA-PAC membership is up to us!

Can you ask a colleague to join today? A WEA-PAC and NEA-FCPE form is quick and easy to fill out. Forms are available from your association building representative, your local association office or available below to print.

Download and and print the WEA-PAC Payroll Authorization form to join WEA-PAC. Return it to your union building rep or mail it to: WEA-PAC, PO Box 9100, Federal Way, WA 98063-9100.

If you have questions, please e-mail WEA-PAC Coordinator Simone Boe at sboe@washingtonea.org or call 253-765-7100.

32032 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way, WA 98001-9687