American Federation of Teachers local presidents Tina Williams of the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, Thomas Calhoun of the Norfolk Federation of Teachers, and Jeion Ward of the Hampton Federation of Teachers, released the following statement after endorsing Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for governor of Virginia.
AFT President Randi Weingarten added the following about Northam: “When it comes to who will stand up for working folks and public education in Virginia, the choice couldn’t be clearer. While Lt. Gov. Northam has spent his entire career working on behalf of the people of Virginia to create good jobs, strengthen public schools and create opportunity, Ed Gillespie is a corporate lobbyist who has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from Betsy DeVos and her family and is pushing the same anti-public education agenda to turn education into a commodity and profit off kids. AFT members have worked side by side with Northam and Gov. McAuliffe to invest in our schools and make life better for children and families across the commonwealth, and we will work tirelessly to ensure he is the next governor of Virginia.”
Lt. Gov. Northam added, “It’s an honor to have the support of Virginia’s teachers. Every child in Virginia deserves access to a high-quality education—that’s why we need to invest in the development and retention of our teachers. That’s what I’ll do as governor. I’m a proud product of public schools, and, as governor, I’ll fight to ensure they have the support and resources necessary to prepare our students for a bright, successful future.”