Ballots are dropping, and the clock is ticking on making an impact for this critical election. Join in on the AEA EdWave Day of Action this Saturday! Special guests will include AEA recommended candidates David Garcia (Governor), Steve Weichert (LD17 Senate) and Jennifer Pawlik (LD17 House). If everyone does their part, we have a real shot at getting leaders in office who will truly support public education. RSVP for the AEA LD17 #edWave Day of Action!
Fall break is halfway over … have you made time to canvass yet? LD17 is a winnable district with candidates who are amazing supporters of public education, but they need our help to get out the vote. LD17 is also right in our backyard, so we have a unique ability and responsibility to make a difference there.
CEA is challenging every site to get at least one team of 2-4 people to canvass just once during our fall break (canvassing more is encouraged, too!). There are literally LD17 canvassing opportunities every day and the weather is amazing right now … so no excuses! These canvasses are targeted to knock on doors of moderate, persuadable voters who are willing to listen to hard-working teachers. After we built up respect and credibility during #REDforED, we cannot afford to waste an opportunity to talk to voters who want to support us but may not know how to do that.
Check out our EdWave Canvassing page for more details … let’s do this, Chandler!
In addition to all of the important statewide races on the ballot in November, there are six people running for two openings on the CUSD Governing Board. This critical race will obviously have a huge impact on the direction of our district, so if you live within CUSD boundaries, it’s important to make an informed vote. To help our members learn about these candidates, we asked each of them to complete a candidate questionnaire, and we are posting their responses to the questionnaire on our CUSD Governing Board Candidate page. On this page, you can also find video of the CUSD Governing Board Candidate Forum held on Thursday, September 27. Even if you don’t live within CUSD boundaries, please take the time to learn about these candidates!
We cannot let all of the energy behing #REDforED lead to the same politicians holding office in November. Please join an AEA EdWave canvassing opportunity tomorrow! This is a great way to have conversations with friendly, targeted voters who are willing to vote for pro-public education candidates and listen to why this election is so important.
Tomorrow (September 22) there are two canvassing opportunities especially for CEA members:
You can also visit the INVESTinED website to find future canvassing events.
On Thursday, September 27, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce will hold a CUSD School Board Candidate Forum at 5:30 pm in the CUSD Board Room. The CUSD Governing Board is a critical one for our educators and our students … please plan on being there! Be sure to reserve your spot online.
This Tuesday, September 4, is National Red for Ed Day. After the travesty of Proposition 207 being removed from the ballot, this is our chance to show our community, our state, and our nation that we’re not giving up the fight for public school funding. Please join fellow educators and supporters across the country and wear red on Tuesday!
At 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 6, Valley Interfaith Project will hold an Accountability Session for LD17 & LD18 candidates at Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tempe. All candidates for AZ House and Senate in LD17 & LD18 were invited to participate, and the following candidates have confirmed participation:
- Sean Bowie
- Mitzi Epstein
- Jennifer Jermaine
- Greg Patterson
- Steve Weichert
The purpose of this non-partisan event is to provide voters with candidates’ perspectives on key issues facing our state, including (but not limited to) public education. Questions will be given to all candidates in advance, and each candidate will be given the same amount of time to answer each question. To maintain the non-partisan nature of this forum, campaigning is not permitted (please refrain from wearing campaign shirts, buttons, etc.).
We need as many people at this forum as possible so candidates (whether they attend or not) know we are watching and will hold them accountable. Please RSVP for this event so we can have an accurate count of attendees!
In an attempt to silence Invest in Ed, Speaker Mesnard has scheduled a last minute hearing to rewrite the ballot guide language tomorrow (Saturday, August 25). We need you and your fellow Invest in Ed activists at the Capitol tomorrow to be seen and heard! Attend a special briefing at 12:00 pm on Saturday, August 25 at AEA HQ, then fill House Hearing Room 4 at the State Capitol at 1:30 pm. See you there!
Our upcoming primary and general elections will give us an opportunity to fundamentally transform public education in Arizona. Our members know this, and after the events of the spring, they are more engaged in the political process than ever before. To help answer common questions about voting, CEA has created an online Voter Toolkit. This resource will provide our members with information on how to:
- register to vote
- request an early ballot
- find polling places
- research candidates’ positions on issues, especially those pertaining to public education
The Voter Toolkit can be found at chandlerea.org/votertoolkit. We hope this resource helps our members become informed, engaged voters this fall. Feel free to share it with others!
On Tuesday, August 7, CEA and Valley Interfaith Project sponsored a Candidate Forum featuring five candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission (all candidates running in this race were invited). The video of this event is now available to watch online. Be sure to stay informed, and vote in the Arizona primary election by August 28!