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April 2, 2022
Wes Moore earns highly coveted Maryland State Education Association endorsement
MSEA highlights Moore’s commitment to supporting educators and his vision for public education in critical endorsement
Coveted educator union’s endorsement adds to Moore’s unparalleled momentum
HYATTSVILLE, Md. (April 2, 2022) – Democratic candidate for Governor Wes Moore earned the coveted endorsement of the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) today. Following a morning speech to MSEA voting delegates, Moore claimed an overwhelming 85 percent of the vote to earn the endorsement at the organization’s 2022 Spring Representative Assembly in Hyattsville, Maryland.
“Today is an incredible milestone in this campaign and a recognition of our commitment to build a world-class public education system and give Maryland educators the support they deserve,” said Wes Moore. “I could not be more grateful to have MSEA join our deep coalition. This is a movement that gets stronger every day, and we will not stop until we reach Annapolis.”
(Photo credit: Maryland State Education Association).
The power of this endorsement solidifies Moore’s standing as a Democratic frontrunner by earning the backing of MSEA’s 76,000 education professionals. The Maryland affiliate of the National Education Association, which represents 3 million education employees across the country, MSEA is Maryland’s largest professional employee organization. Its members include elementary and secondary teachers, education support professionals, certificated specialists, school administrators, retired educators, higher education faculty, and students preparing to become members.
“Our students and communities need leadership committed to the promise that no matter their neighborhood they will have the same opportunity to reach their potential,” said MSEA President Cheryl Bost in their announcement. “Wes Moore has demonstrated a commitment to unite people whom he leads in the fight for racial, social justice, and to give educators a voice in the decisions and policies that affect education.”
This week, the Moore-Miller campaign released its comprehensive cradle-to-career education plan to invest in students, build a world-class public education system, and secure Maryland’s future. The plan continues the progress toward delivering on the promise of a high-quality education for all students.
Of the plan, Moore said, “Our campaign has a clear and comprehensive vision for education that is anchored in creating opportunities for all Maryland families and guided by leaving no one behind. Education opportunities changed and shaped my life, and I’ve devoted my career to breaking down barriers for others to find their success. Working with local leaders, educators, parents and community organizations, together we will secure our future and make education inclusive, accessible, and a top priority across the state.”
Wes Moore’s unparalleled momentum in the race for Governor has mounted rapidly, earning the support of the largest teachers union in the state shortly after receiving the endorsement of a former educator and Maryland House Majority Leader Eric Luedtke, and two of the top officials in Maryland’s second-largest jurisdiction, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Prince George’s State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy. The Moore-Miller campaign’s enthusiastic grassroots support, comprehensive plans and record breaking fundraising have earned Moore the support of elected officials of all levels across the state.
In endorsing Moore, MSEA joins Wes Moore and Aruna Miller’s rapidly growing coalition that includes endorsements from former Governor and former Prince George’s County Executive Parris Glendening; Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks; Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman; Former Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler; Former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith; Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy; Sen. Antonio Hayes (District 40); Sen. Cheryl Kagan (District 17); Sen. Delores Kelley (District 10); Sen. Obie Patterson (District 26); Former Sen. Nathaniel McFadden (District 45); Del. Marlon Amprey (District 40); Del. Ben Barnes (District 21); Del. Kumar Barve (District 17); Del. Lisa Belcastro (District 11); Del. Regina Boyce (District 43); Del. Chanel Branch (District 45); Del. Frank Conaway, Jr. (District 40); Del. Terri Hill (District 12); Del. Anne Kaiser (District 14); Majority Leader Del. Eric Luedtke (District 14); Del. Mike Rogers (District 32); Del. and Baltimore City Delegation Chair Stephanie Smith (District 45); Del. Melissa Wells (District 40); Del. Nicole Williams (District 22); Former Del. Gene Counihan (District 15); Bowie Mayor Pro Tem & Councilmember Adrian Boafo; Baltimore City Councilmember John Bullock (District 9); Morningside Mayor Bennard Cann; Baltimore City Councilmember Zeke Cohen (District 1); Baltimore City Councilmember Mark Conway (District 4); Baltimore City Councilmember Eric Costello (District 11); Bowie City Councilmember Michael Esteve (District 11); Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando (At Large); Baltimore County Council Chair and Councilmember Julian Jones (District 4); Former Gaithersburg Councilmember Yvette Monroe; Baltimore City Councilmember Phylicia Porter (District 10); Baltimore City Councilmember Odette Ramos (District 14); Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin; Riverdale Park Councilmember Richard Smith (Ward 1); Laurel Councilmember Brencis Smith (Ward 2); Baltimore City Councilmember Robert Stokes (District 12); Baltimore City Councilmember James Torrence (District 7); Forest Heights Mayor Calvin Washington; former Maryland Democratic Party chairs Michael Cryor and Susie Turnbull; Former Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board Royce Hanson; The Baltimore Fire Officers Union Local 964; Collective PAC, one of the nation’s largest organizations working to build Black representation in government; Impact, a leading national organization supporting the Indian American and South Asian community; and VoteVetsPAC, one of the top veterans advocacy organizations in the country.