Several candidates for Michigan governor addressed delegates at the MEA Fall Representative Assembly last weekend in speeches that framed the high stakes for public education in next year’s election.
Given the urgent need to restore educator voices to the policymaking arena, we are committed to creating avenues for MEA 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. Seven candidates took us up on the invitation, including Democrats Abdul El-Sayed, Gretchen Whitmer, Andy Levin, Kentiel White, Bill Cobbs, Shri Thanedar; and Republican Evan Space.
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.
You can watch a video recording of Saturday’s live feed of candidate speeches on the MEA Facebook page, and listen to a recording of a telephone town hall we conducted last month with several declared and potential candidates.
Once you’ve listened to their positions on education, make your voice heard in this survey about your level of excitement about the candidates.