Sep 29th, 2022
RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), the state’s largest education advocacy organization for public school employees, has unveiled its list of legislative endorsements for the North Carolina House of Representatives for the 2022 midterm election.
The issues on the ballot this November extend far beyond public education, to health care, infrastructure, voting rights, and other issues that have a history of being used to undermine, destroy, and divide the power of poor and working-class people.
NCAE is committed to electing candidates who share our belief that North Carolina’s children should have the freedom to pursue their dreams and are committed to equipping every teacher with the resources and professional development needed to deliver the quality education that prepares every child with the skills needed to succeed in the future, no matter their color, background or zip code.
“These candidates have demonstrated their commitment to public education by supporting students and educators in their communities,” said NCAE President Tamika Walker Kelly. “They have a passion to do what is right for all North Carolina residents and the will to strengthen our education system, work to improve healthcare delivery, and ensure all citizens have a voice in our democracy.”
In addition to the slate of endorsed candidates, NCAE is targeting races with the endorsements of Rep. Linda Cooper-Suggs, Rep. Terence Everitt, Ms. Diamond Staton-Willliams, Lindsey Prather, and Carla Catalan Day to name just a few candidates for the North Carolina House of Representatives. NCAE will be mobilizing members and working with partner organizations in support of these candidates with phone banks and door knocks to get teachers, school bus drivers, school administrators, and all NCAE members out to vote for these education champions.
Endorsees Rep. Linda Cooper-Suggs, an educator running for re-election in HD 24; Rep. Terence Everitt, an attorney running for re-election in HD 35; Councilwoman Diamond Staton-Williams of Harrisburg, a nurse running to be your next representative in HD 73; Carla Catalan Day, candidate for HD 74; and former teacher Lindsey Prather, running for HD 115, have already been fighting for policies, such as bringing broadband access to historically underserved communities that uplift all North Carolina residents, increasing salaries for non-certified staff, and providing them access to a thriving economy and quality education.
“Investing in public education is one of the greatest gifts for our state,” said Rep. Linda Cooper-Suggs, a former teacher and member of NCAE. “Being endorsed by my professional association means that we will continue to improve the quality of life for all citizens. I am indeed proud of this endorsement.”
“NCAE continues to prioritize our children and their future,” said Rep. Terence Everitt, candidate for House District 35. “I’m grateful to have their trust and support.”
“I’m so pleased to be endorsed by the same people we trust our children to every day,” said Diamond Stanton-Williams, candidate for House District 73. “Nobody is more aware of the needs of our children and their schools than the people who are on the front lines every day. Being endorsed by NCAE is a testament to my commitment to improving education in our state, and I am hopeful of the work we can do together.”
Candidate Carla Catalan Day who is running for House District 74, said “I am thrilled to have the support of NCAE and their endorsement of my campaign. Year after year, NCAE continues their work to ensure all students and educators succeed.”
House District 115 candidate Lindsey Prather said, “I am honored to be endorsed by NCAE in this race. As a former NC educator and twin of a current NC teacher, I know firsthand the struggles educators face and I am ready to work hard for our schools and communities.”
Click on following PDF link for official announcement and list of candidates