EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association is pleased to announce the following recommendations of candidates for seven Michigan Congressional districts:
- 2nd District – Robert Davidson
- 5th District – Dan Kildee
- 7th District – Gretchen Driskell
- 8th District – Elissa Slotkin
- 11th District – Tim Greimel
- 12th District – Debbie Dingell
- 14th District – Brenda Lawrence
“Michigan educators proudly support these pro-public education candidates because they share the values that students and working families want and expect of those representing our state in Washington,” said MEA President Paula Herbart. “Now more than ever, we need friends of public education who will stand up to the destructive education policies of Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump.
“We’re honored to continue our recommendations for three public education champions – Dan Kildee, Debbie Dingell and Brenda Lawrence – and we will help elect allies to join them.”
In particular, Herbart noted the recommended candidates in three critical 2018 races:
- “Tim Greimel has been a steadfast friend of public education, from his years on the Rochester School Board to his service in the State House,” Herbart said. “Whether calling for greater accountability for charter schools and their for-profit operators, advocating for fair reforms to our teacher evaluation system, or fighting back the litany of political attacks on our state’s dedicated educators, Tim is an ally of everyone who is dedicated to ensuring Michigan students get a world-class education.”
- “Gretchen Driskell’s experience as a local and state policymaker has made her a strong advocate for public schools and their role in helping students succeed in a strong Michigan economy,” Herbart said. “She knows, as a local mayor and a real estate agent from Washtenaw County, the many ways a community benefits from having a great public education system. In Congress, she’ll continue to advocate for policies that support public schools, educators and students.”
- “Elissa Slotkin has dedicated her life to public service, including in important roles to keep our nation safe while serving with the Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Department for both Democratic and Republican administrations,” Herbart said. “She understands what it truly means to put the public first. We’re excited to recommend a candidate who will do just that: put students, educators and public education at the center of her plan to fight for Michigan families.”
All seven of these candidates were screened and recommended by committees comprised of local MEA members from the districts – a process that will be conducted in other districts as we continue through the year. These Congressional recommendations were then concurred by the board of the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education at their recent meeting in Washington, D.C.
As the state’s largest school employee union, MEA and its members – who live and work in every Michigan county – have a long history of political engagement and helping friends of public education win elections.
The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education provides direct financial support to candidates for president, the U.S. House, and the U.S. Senate who will fight to support teachers, staff, and students and improve public education.