Thursday, June 28, 2018

SEIU makes endorsements in School Board races.

by Rod Williams - The local chapter of SEIU has released their endorsements for the school board races for the August 2nd school board elections.  While I would not vote against a candidate solely because they got the SEIU endorsement, if I didn't have sufficient information to otherwise make an informed decision, I would tend to vote against a candidate with that endorsement. An SEIU endorsement is a reason not to support a particular candidate.  SEIU will always support the candidate that favors more taxes and more government. Below is the SEIU press release.

SEIU Press Release, June 27, 2018 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205, the labor organization representing support employees working in the Metro Nashville Public Schools, announced the names of candidates the organization will be supporting in the School Board elections to be held on August 2, 2018.

In the race for school board District 2, SEIU Local 205 endorsed Jesse Gentry, a lawyer and advocate for children. “It was clear that Jesse will always put the interests of the children ahead of anything else, and that is what we need in a board member,” said James Brown, a computer network engineer for the district and the union’s chief steward.

In District 6, the union is supporting Tyese Hunter who is running for re-election. “Tyese has been a vocal advocate of greater funding for the school system,” said Recco Seay Sr., an restorative justice assistant and SEIU member. “Mrs. Hunter worked hard to make sure that support staff are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, and we know she will continue to do that.”

In District 8, SEIU Local 205 endorsed Gini Pupo-Walker, a community organizer and former educator. “Gini has extensive experience in the school system and outside of it and will bring great leadership and professionalism to the board,” said SEIU member Lilldeus Russell, a paraprofessional in MNPS. “She has consistently been an advocate for equity in our schools and we need more voices like that on the board.”

Election Day for the school board races will be on Thursday, August 2. Complete information on early voting dates and voting locations is available from the Davidson County Election Commission at 615-862-8800.

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