When MEA recommends a candidate for election, who makes that decision?
Members like you.
MEA’s Screening & Recommendation (S&R) process places control of MEA political recommendations in the hands of MEA members across the state from diverse backgrounds and roles within the public education community.
The process is governed by the MEA Political Action Committee (MEA-PAC) Council, made up of local delegates from MEA’s 60-plus coordinating councils.
Recommendation decisions are based on candidate responses to questionnaires and interviews regarding education and labor issues only. Candidates from both major parties are invited to participate in all interviews.
The S&R process for legislative districts is controlled at the local level, where interviews and recommendation votes are taken by MEA members from those jurisdictions serving on local S&R Committees.
Recommendations at the state level are made by the Statewide S&R Committee, which is composed of members from various parts of the state—including all four MEA zones—and job classifications, including teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and staff, and school retirees.
In this year’s critical gubernatorial race, after interviewing candidates from both parties, the committee voted unanimously for MEA to recommend Gretchen Whitmer to our members in the governor’s race.
In the months leading up to that decision, MEA made an unprecedented effort to ensure our members’ voices were part of this process, inviting candidates for governor—both Republicans and Democrats—to speak to members in a variety of different venues, including remarks to the Representative Assembly and a statewide conference call.
At every step of the way, our members’ preference for and feedback about Whitmer was far and away the strongest of all the candidates.