Friday, February 26, 2010

Time to VOTE!

Election Day, March 2, is now just a few days away. Early voting wraps up this afternoon and it is IMPERATIVE that we as educators get out and participate in this election.

NEA-Dallas has voted to recommend one candidate in the Dallas County Judge election and TSTA has made their endorsements for state offices. I will list those below.

NEA-Dallas Recommends LARRY DUNCAN, Democrat for Dallas County Judge!

Larry Duncan has worked tirelessly with NEA-Dallas over the last seven years to improve working conditions for employees in the Dallas County Schools. He has sat down with our Association Representatives over several summers and worked on revisions to Dallas County Schools policy which he has then seen through to passage by the Board of Trustees.

Duncan is also the reason Dallas County Schools now responds to assist in the evacuation of citizens from areas of natural disasters. After seeing the devastation and destrucion left behind by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Larry put in motion the plans to get Dallas County Schools buses out of harms way should something occur locally and also established the procedures by which Dallas County Schools buses and employees could help in other parts of the state and country.

And, if you get behind a green Dallas County Schools bus and it smells like french fries, thank Larry Duncan. Through Mr. Duncan's leadership, the Dallas County Schools is now using waste vegetable oil in at least one of its buses and is processing its own biodeisel for use in others at the Kleberg Service Center in Southeast Dallas County. The use of waste vegetable oil and biodiesel reduces the production of greenhouse gases, particulate matter and other pollutants which are harmful to the environment.

Larry Duncan will fight for ALL of the citizens of Dallas County as County Judge. NEA-Dallas' Board of Directors asks for your support of Larry as he seeks to improve the lives of our students, their parents and the rest of us.


The Texas State Teachers Association Political Action Committee as endorsed the following in the Democratic Primary:

Governor Bill White
State Rep. - Dist. 099 Charlie Geren
State Rep. - Dist. 105 Loretta Haldenwang

Our other Democratic State Representatives are running unopposed in the primary, but will definitely need our help in the General Election come November.

On a personal note, I would like to ask your support for Judge Martin Hoffman in his re-election bid for District Judge, 68th Judicial District. Judge Hoffman served on the Dallas County Schools Board of Trustees before his election as Judge and did much for employees during his term there.

Finally, I urge you to get out and vote on Tuesday if you have not already done so in early voting. For our Republican members, I apologize for not having any endorsements for you in your primary, but I urge you to carefully look at the candidates and vote for those of your choice.

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