Former NAACP National President & CEO Continues to Lead Democratic Candidates In Endorsements
Silver Spring, MD — TODAY, Saturday, April 14, Ben Jealous, former National President & CEO of the NAACP, received the endorsement of the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA). Jealous and educators will formally announce the endorsement at an event early next week.
MSEA represents more than 74,000 educators and school employees who work in Maryland’s public schools, with 39 local affiliates in every county across the state.This is the 23rd endorsement Jealous has received from a progressive organization or individual, leading all Democratic candidates in endorsements received for the upcoming primary election.
Jealous has been a vocal proponent of fully funding Maryland’s schools, raising educator pay, universal pre-K, and ensuring lottery and casino revenue finally goes towards increasing education funding. He comes from a family of educators. His mother and father met as teachers in Baltimore City and Jealous now teaches public policy in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
“I’m proud to receive this endorsement from our state’s educators, who are doing the hard work each and every day to educate our children,” said Jealous. “Together we can finally fully fund our schools and ensure our educators get the respect and support they deserve, while reversing the declines we have seen since Larry Hogan became governor.”
“Our children need a new Maryland Promise that no matter their neighborhood, the state will make sure there’s a strong public school in their community,” said MSEA President Betty Weller. “Ben Jealous is the candidate with the values, the vision, and the coalition-building skills to make that promise a reality.”
Under Larry Hogan, Maryland’s schools have fallen to sixth place nationally while being underfunded by $3 billion, an average of $2 million per school.
Previous endorsements for Jealous’ campaign have come from:
Maryland Working Families, Maryland Postal Workers Union, CWA, CASA in Action, SEIU, Progressive Maryland, UNITE HERE! Local 7, Lower Shore Progressive Caucus, Our Revolution, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Bernie Sanders, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, National Nurses United, Friends of the Earth Action, Environmentalist Bill McKibben, Former Obama Administration Official and activist Van Jones, Phil Radford, Democracy for America, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, Rea Carey*, People’s Action, and 350.org.
*For identification purposes only, Rea Carey is the executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund. This statement reflects her personal views.
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