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Election Day is around the corner. NEA members tell candidates what they need to pay attention to if they want educators' votes.


Amy Jackson Chocowinity, NC Retired; part-time remedial reading teacher/tutor Education, and the mess the Bush Administration has created for this country—electing people who can get us out of the dire economic and social situation.

Betty Ong

West Bloomfield, MI
Media specialist
The war, education

Teresa Paine Norman, OK Reading Teacher Education

Betty Madrid

Roswell, NM
Retired
Education and ending the war

Miriam Hodges

Dover, FL
Secretary
Education

Donna Morey

Little Rock, AR
Teacher
Health care!

Anne Loeffler

Codorus, PA
Speech therapist
Education

David Presley

KY
Vision specialist
Education

Richard Chilcote

Boise, ID
Retired
Education

Catherine
Sigmon-Mitchell
Pinehurst, NC
EC Teacher
Education is always a strong consideration, but so is the economy. The candidate's record of experience plays a strong part.

Kandi Nieto

Temecula, CA
Pre-school Teacher
Education will certainly be my top priority, then the state of the safety and welfare of the United States of America.

Annette Barnett

Toksook Bay, AK
Teacher
Diplomacy and healing, bringing everyone together to do the hard work of educating and providing health care in a meaningful way

Mary Smiley

Sheridan, WY
Teacher
Education, health care, and the desire to have a drastic change from the way this country has been going

Laura Collins

Tulsa, OK
Music Teacher
The economy!!! (and with that goes just about everything else, cost of living, gas prices, education funding cuts, unemployment, endangered retirement accounts, crime....

 

 


Dale Pomeroy

Minneapolis, MN
Support professional
Education, help for families with the mortgage issues

Cornelius Roberts

Little Rock, AR
Teacher/coach
How the candidate stands on certain issues

Taalibah Hassan

Wooldbridge, VA
Retired
Education, Health Care, and the Economy

Stephany Gooden

OK City, OK
Library media specialist
National security

Katrina Ayres

Hillsboro, OR
Substitute Teacher
Education issues are very important to me, but I also consider other things, such as experience and whether or not candidates support the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Cynthia Hanson

Baudette, MN
Teacher
Education and health issues

Barbara Davis-Staley

Tyler, TX
First-grade Teacher
Education, economy, health insurance

Linda Wallace

Woolwich Township, NJ
Teacher
Education

Beverly Gotelli

Kapaa, HI
Retired 
Public education, economy
Patsy Robertson
Rochester, New York
Substitute Teacher
Education and health care. Until we as a country invest in order to provide a quality education for all our children, we will not become the nation we should be. Health care for all—not just for the wealthy and those few who receive benefits from employers—is essential to our country's survival. We must recognize that we need to provide for those who need the most.

Wil Okabe

Hilo, HI
Teacher
Education, ESEA, war

David Saywell

Kirtland, OH
Teacher
Economy, education, war, energy policy

Carolyn Henry

Harrisburg,
PA
Instructional Coach/Reading Specialist/Adult Ed Program Coordinator
Education

Laurie Manghelli

Tigard, OR
ESL Teacher
Education, brains, the environment, pro-choice, social services

Cathy Koehler

Little Rock, AR
Library media specialist
Supreme Court appointments

Deborah Platt

Citrus County, FL
Teacher
Best education plan, best understanding of the average American

Elizabeth Harris

Saint Louis, MO
Teacher
Candidates' moral compass, integrity, and my belief that they are not a puppet president.

Alana Turner

Greensboro, MD
Math Teacher
The entire platform presented by the party

 


Clayton Watkins

Wheaton, IL
Teacher
National security

Dean Beckett

Aston,
PA
Math Teacher
The war in Iraq

Kenn Anania

Brockton, MA
Professor
Iraq

Kathy Wood

Rockaway, NJ
Teacher
Education

Joshua Wager

Des Moines, IO
Teacher
The most important thing to me is change in the way WA, D.C., conducts business. I want to believe in this country again, and I am tired of the partisan politics that has led this great country down a sad path.

Joshua Brown

Indianola, IO
Teacher
Education, Iraq war, health care

Bev Clark

Goshen, OH
Teacher
Education, economy

Valerie Dranias

Aurora, IL
Teacher
Education and the right of women to choose

Sue Smith

Batesville, AR
Retired Teacher
Education and health care

Bertha Martinez-Reyes

Roswell, NM
Bilingual Teacher
Seniors' health care, support for public education, keeping only the positive aspects of NCLB.

Nancy Davis

Milford, OH
Bus driver
Education

Pamela Belcher

Houston, TX
Literature Teacher
Importance of education and public schools

Grant Mitman

Butte, MT
Professor
Education, environment

Debra Askwith

Feeding Hills,
MA
Teacher
Courage, values, passion, and intellec

Keith Ayres

Hillsboro, OR
Teacher
Leadership, direction, and doing what's right (military, education, and all budget priorities). Who will lead us in the right direction?

Cathy Paredes

Tucson, AZ
Teacher
ESEA, health care, the economy, Iraq

Sue Dickey

Hyrum, UT
Elementary Teacher
Education and the candidate's stance on the war.

Chuck McCarter

Wiesbaden, Germany (Federal Education Association)
Area director
Total revision of NCLB, defeat of vouchers

 


Jana Wofford

Nashville, Tennessee
Student member
I will decide to vote on a President who takes the issues of education, economy, and the war into consideration. I will vote for a President who will fix these three major issues for the American people. The candidate will need to have a plan how to improve education in the public school system for both students and teachers, along with a plan how to improve the economy and the next smart step for the war.

Greg Panas

Pompton Plains, NJ
Teacher
Education, human rights

Marina Jenkins

Greenville, KY
Special education Teacher
Religious beliefs, education goals, and beliefs

Margaret Wong

Marlborough,
MA
Professor
Education

Lois Reed

Gig Harbor, WA
Secretary
I will base my vote on someone who is honest, cares about America, has values, knows how important it is to fund education for ALL children and will NOT keep getting us in wars.

Kay Hansen

Denmark, WI
Paraprofessional
Education

Dardon Ann Hayter

Pasadena, TX
Support professional
Education, health insurance

Jason Swartz

Pickerington, OH
Teacher
Education, NCLB

Gloria Jordan

Macon, GA
Paraprofessional pre-K
Education

Jeanette Grabner

Clinton Township, MI
Teacher
Economy, war, education

Carla Sparks

Tampa, FL
District resource Teacher
Education!

Susan Huttig

Tampa, FL
Speech/language pathologist
Education

Karen Babinski

Kearny, NJ
Teacher
Education, health care, keeping jobs in the U.S.

David Haight

Union City, CA
Teacher
The judgment and philosophy of the candidate

John Lang

Roseau, MN
Teacher
The total overall candidate, positions, experience, etc. Certainly, how he or she views education will be of great importance.

Andre Elliott

Yokosuka, Japan (Federal Education Association)
Music Teacher
[A candidate] who will help Americans become one nation and work to achieve united nations around the world.

Tamra Stokes

Cleveland, OH
Teacher
Education is a vital issue that predicts all of our futures. I also take into account the candidate's stance on each of the issues.
Valarie B. Johnson
Miami, FL
Secretary
This is history in the making for an Afro-American to be chosen as President. Afro-Americans have made great strides in achievements professionally and we have earned the recognition of our contributions to the nation. This is a well- deserved accomplishment, respect that is long overdue