MEA members are encouraged to provide input regarding the candidates for governor ahead of a Dec. 9 meeting of the Statewide Screening and Recommendation Committee to interview the candidates.
Learn more about the candidates by watching a video of their speeches at MEA’s Fall Representative Assembly, or listen to a recording of a telephone town hall we conducted with several declared and potential candidates.
Then make your voice heard in this survey about your level of excitement about the candidates. (You will need to provide your MEA member number in order to access the survey.)
The stakes are high for public education in next year’s election. Given the urgent need to restore educator voices to the policymaking arena, MEA is committed to creating avenues for members to hear from candidates about how they will support school employees and ensure a great public education for every Michigan student.
We invited all the declared and potential candidates for governor from the two major parties to participate in the fall RA and telephone town hall. Six candidates participated in the September teleforum: Democrats Abdul El-Sayed, Gretchen Whitmer, Andy Levin, Kentiel White, Shri Thanedar; and Republican Evan Space. Those candidates, plus Democrat Bill Cobbs, addressed the RA in October.
Two Republican candidates declined our invitation: Dr. Jim Hines and Attorney General Bill Schuette. One Republican candidate, Senator Patrick Colbeck, is ineligible for an MEA recommendation due to his vote in favor of the so-called “right-to-work” law and was not invited to participate. We did not hear back from any other candidates in response to our invitation.
Once you’ve listened to their positions on education, make your voice heard in this survey about your level of excitement about the candidates.
All candidates from both major parties have been invited to attend the Dec. 9 interviews by the Statewide Screening and Recommendation Committee – a group composed of elected and appointed representatives from across the state and a diverse cross-section of teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and staff, and school retirees. They will ask questions of the candidates regarding their stances on public education and labor rights – which are the issues upon which MEA makes candidate recommendation decisions – and discuss if/whom MEA will recommend as a candidate for governor to our members.