LD17 & LD18 Accountability Session on September 6

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!

Red Alert: August 25 at the Capitol

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!

CEA Online Voter Toolkit Now Available

Vote Here signOur 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!

Arizona Corporation Commission Candidate Forum Now Available for Online Viewing

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!

LD12 Candidate Forum Now Available for Online Viewing

On Tuesday, July 17, CEA and Valley Interfaith Project sponsored a Candidate Forum featuring six candidates for Arizona Senate and Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 12 (all candidates running in these races 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!

Arizona Corporation Commission Candidate Forum on August 7

ACC candidatesThe Chandler Education Association and Valley Interfaith Project are holding an Arizona Corporation Commission Candidate Forum to help community members make an informed choice on this important election. The forum will take place on August 7, 2018 from 5:00-6:30 pm at Dayspring UMC, located at 1365 E Elliot Rd in Tempe. This forum is open to the public, but seating will be limited for this important event, so you must reserve your spot if you wish to attend. For full details and RSVP instructions, visit our ACC Candidate Forum page.

LD12 Candidate Forum Livestream Available

LD12 CandidatesOur LD12 Candidate Forum is tonight at 6:30 pm. If you are not able to attend in person, you can watch the event live online!

LD12 Candidate Forum on July 17

LD12 CandidatesThe Chandler Education Association and Valley Interfaith Project are holding a Legislative District 12 Candidate Forum to help community members make an informed choice on this important election. The forum will take place on July 17, 2018 from 6:30-7:45 pm at SPACE by Rocket, located at 3335 E Baseline Rd in Gilbert. This forum is open to the public, but seating will be limited for this important event, so you must reserve your spot if you wish to attend. For full details and RSVP instructions, visit our LD12 Candidate Forum page.

Invest in Education Campaign Makes History

#investinedThe Invest in Education campaign made history today when they turned in 270,000 signatures for the Invest in Education ballot initiative. This is almost 120,000 signatures more than what is needed to get the initiative on the ballot, and collecting this many signatures in such a short time period is simply unprecedented in Arizona. Thanks to all of our members who gave up precious summer vacation time to collect signatures … this wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s efforts. Getting the initiative on the ballot is obviously only the first step, and we still have much work to do to get it passed. But first, we can take some time to celebrate this historic accomplishment. Thank you!

Invest in Ed Press Conference on July 5

#investinedWe have worked incredibly hard to gather signatures for the Invest in Education ballot initiative. Our members have been there throughout the summer doing the heavy lifting … don’t you want to be there when the signatures are submitted? Invest in Education will hold a press conference at the Arizona State Capitol on Thursday, July 5 from 9:20-10:00 am before our signatures are submitted to get Invest in Education on the ballot. Come out and celebrate our hard work, and be sure to bring signs and wear your Red for Ed shirts!