A huge election year looms in 2020, and PSEA members only have to look back to last November to see what their advocacy can do to put pro-public education candidates in office.
Gov. Tom Wolf, a champion of public education since taking office, won re-election. Hand-in-hand with that, the 2018 state legislative races left PSEA right on the doorstep of its goal of pro-public education majorities of 102 seats in the state House, and 26 in the state Senate. It now stands at 103 and 25, respectively – just one seat away in the Senate.
On the federal level, advances were also made in the numbers of pro-public education candidates elected to Congress.
There are four tenets to success in electing pro-public education candidates – contributing to PSEA-PACE, voting, volunteering, and talking to family, friends, and colleagues.
The first tenet, contributions to PSEA-PACE, is featured in this issue of Voice. An envelope and instructions for online contributions are included in the center of the magazine.
“We must build on our recent success in electing pro-public education candidates at all levels of government,’’ said PSEA Treasurer Jeff Ney. “And a key goal, pro-public education majorities in the state Senate and House, is at hand. We’re almost there. If we all come together, we can get this done.’’
As this crucial election year looms, contributions to PSEA-PACE are a critical component of the Association’s ability to advocate on behalf of pro-public education candidates.
Voluntary contributions to PSEA-PACE are the Association’s primary political fundraising tool.
The PSEA-PACE board is composed of PSEA members, who interview candidates of both parties and decide which candidates to recommend.