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Educators recommend South Carolina’s Brad Hutto for U.S. Senate

Hutto pledges to put the Palmetto State’s students, educators, and working families ahead of partisan politics


WASHINGTON - August 12, 2014 -

The National Education Association’s political action committee, the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, recommended the election of South Carolina’s Brad Hutto to the United States Senate.

“Brad Hutto shares our values and the values of the working families of South Carolina,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “If elected, Brad will put students and educators ahead of partisan politics, because he understands that the road to economic prosperity and security starts in the Palmetto State’s public schools. He will staunchly advocate for South Carolina families and, if elected, he will work hard to make the economy work for all of us. That’s why we are proud to recommend Brad Hutto for U.S. Senator.”

Brad Hutto has been a member of the South Carolina Senate since 1996. He has served on the Senate Judiciary; Medical Affairs; Fish, Game and Forestry; Rules, Education and Ethics Committees. Active with the Boy Scouts of America for five decades, Brad is an Eagle Scout and the recipient of numerous scouting awards. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm in eastern Orangeburg County. He is married to Tracy Macpherson, a pediatrician, and their son, Skyler, is a student at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law.

“Brad Hutto has the right values to speak up in Congress for students and educators,” said the president of The South Carolina Education Association, Bernadette R. Hampton. “He knows the issues facing students and our schools. He understands the important role education plays in preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow so that Americans can compete in the 21st century global marketplace. If elected, he will move South Carolina forward and get Washington working again.”

The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education provides support to recommended candidates for president, U.S. House and Senate who will fight to support educators and students and improve public education. The South Carolina Education Association (The SCEA) is the professional association for educators in South Carolina. Classroom teachers, guidance counselors, librarians, principals, superintendents as well as bus drivers, teaching assistants, lunch room operators, maintenance engineers, clerks and secretaries from Pre-K to 12th grade and Higher Education are members of The SCEA.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Miguel A. Gonzalez  (202) 822-7823, mgonzalez@nea.org