Michigan Education Association

Michigan Education Association recommends Bernero for Governor

EAST LANSING, Mich., May 28, 2010 – At its meeting today, the Michigan Education Association’s Statewide Screening and Recommending Committee voted unanimously to recommend Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero for election as Michigan’s next governor.

“Mayor Bernero’s passion for education and for Michigan’s working families made today’s decision very straightforward,” said MEA President Iris K. Salters. “We look forward to working with Mr. Bernero as he travels the state speaking to public school employees and other voters about his vision for Michigan’s public schools.”

A product of public education and the husband of a public school principal, Bernero has been a longstanding supporter of public schools. During his time in the Legislature, Bernero was a steadfast supporter of adequate, equitable and stable school funding, as well as a strong defender of the rights of Michigan public school employees.

“When you invest in Wall Street, you don’t know what you will get. But when you invest in a child, you always get a good outcome,” Bernero told the committee. “Quality education is critical to Michigan’s future – because education is economic development.”

As MEA’s recommended candidate, Bernero will receive the association’s full support in his bid to win the Democratic nomination for governor in August – and his subsequent race for governor in the November general election.

Decisions about MEA-recommended candidates at both the local and state levels are made by MEA members who serve on screening and recommending committees. The committee making today’s recommendation was representative of school employees across Michigan, including teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and staff, and school retirees.

Contact: Doug Pratt, MEA Director of Communications, 517-337-5508