With another primary election day behind us, we highlight the races in Arizona, Florida, and Oklahoma that matter the most to educators and students.
Arizona Education Association endorsed candidates won up and down the ballot in yesterday’s primary election, including former educator David Garcia for Governor and anti-standardized testing advocate Krysten Sinema for U.S. Senate.
— AZ Education Assoc. 🍎🏫🎒📚✏️ (@ArizonaEA) August 29, 2018
Florida Education Association (FEA) endorsed Bill Nelson will be fielding a challenge from outgoing Governor Rick Scott for his U.S. Senate seat. Scott is an unabashed proponent of siphoning off public school funding to unaccountable, privately run charter schools.
In the race for governor, FEA is looking forward to working with Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum who will be running against GOP nominee Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis has already come under fire for racist comments today when he urged voters not to “monkey this up,” by voting for his black opponent.
The takeaway from yesterday’s runoff election is that Okies support public education and are willing to show it at the polls. Six of the seven legislators who voted against the state’s public education funding bill in April lost to challengers who said they would have voted in favor of the bill. Reps. Mike Ritze, Tess Teague, Bobby Cleveland, George Faught, Travis Dunlap, and Jeff Coody lost their seats.
In addition, two Oklahoma Education Association members won runoffs for the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Jennie Scott won the Democratic nomination in HD41 and Michael Ross won the Democratic nomination in HD68.
Want to find the public education champions in your state? Visit EdVotes.org/Vote to find all your educator endorsed candidates!