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NEA PAC votes to endorse Maryland state senator Rob Garagiola for Congress

Much sought-out endorsement is critical to win Maryland’s competitive 6th Congressional District


WASHINGTON - December 09, 2011 -

The National Education Association’s Political Action Committee, The NEA Fund, today voted to endorse the candidacy of Maryland State Senator Rob Garagiola in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Election experts are picking this Congressional seat as one of the most likely Democratic pick-ups in the country, and Rob Garagiola as the favorite in the race.

“NEA is proud to endorse Rob Garagiola for Congress,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “Now more than ever, as more and more Americans struggle every day, we need people like Rob Garagiola in Washington. If elected, he will bring to Congress a commitment to students, the right vision for public education and the right values to make the tough choices on behalf of Maryland’s working and middle class families.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the NEA,” said Rob Garagiola. “In Maryland, our outstanding educators have helped make Maryland’s public schools the best in the nation for three years in a row. I’m eager to get to Congress to fight for the resources that our children and educators need—in Maryland and across the country—to ensure that every student has a great public school.”
 
Maryland’s 6th Congressional District is currently represented by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R). In redistricting, the new 6th was drawn to include parts of northwest Montgomery County, most of Frederick County, and all of the western Maryland counties of Washington, Allegany, and Garrett. This represented a shift in registered voters from R+15% to D+3%.  While Rep. Bartlett has indicated he will run again, he must first navigate a competitive Republican primary and then an uphill general election due to the district's shifting demographics.  Primary day in Maryland is Tuesday, April 3.
 
“As the husband of an Association member who teaches in Frederick County Public Schools and the father of three, Rob has firsthand understanding of the day-to-day concerns of educators and he has proven his commitment to championing our issues,” said Maryland State Education Association President Clara Floyd. “During Rob’s tenure as the Majority Leader of the Maryland Senate, he has been a vocal leader for adequate funding for our students and sensible policies for our schools.”
 
As the NEA’s national political action committee (PAC), The NEA Fund provides direct financial support to recommended candidates for President, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate who will fight to support teachers, staff and students and improve public education.

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