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October 19, 2020
Colorado Education Association Holds Virtual Get Out the Vote Rally Ahead of 2020 Election
CEA’s 39,000 members reaffirm their commitment to pro-public education agenda
DENVER – The Colorado Education Association (CEA) held a virtual Get Out the Vote (GOTV) rally on Friday, Oct. 16, to call on members to vote in the upcoming 2020 election. The CEA also reaffirmed their commitment to electing pro-public education candidates and voting for pro-public education ballot measures and local mill levy and bond races.
“This really is the most important election of our lifetime,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association. “The future of public education hinges on this election. Every race, from president all the way down the ballot, is important in shaping the future of public education for years to come and securing desperately needed COVID-19 relief now.”
“We will not consent or concede to anything…anything that threatens our democratic rights,” said Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association. “This is the work that we have been called to do together.”
Among the featured speakers were Baca-Oehlert, Pringle, CEA Vice President Kevin Vick, Weld Central Education Association member and CEA Fund Vice-Chair Jerad Sutton, Aurora Education Association member Byran Lindstrom, Aspen Education Association member Marnie White, District Twelve Education Association President Dave Lockley, Cherry Creek Education Association member Robin Balogh, Jefferson County Education Association Jon Cefikin, Pueblo County Education Association President Amy Spock, Johnstown-Milliken Education Association Co-Presidents Patsy Burenheide and Valerie Stumpf, Colorado Board of Education candidates Lisa Escarcega (CD-1), Mayling Simpson (CD-3), and Karla Esser (CD-7), Rep. Jason Crow (CD-6), US House of Representatives candidate Diane Mitsch-Bush (CD-3), Colorado State Senate candidates District Twelve Education Association member Paula Dickerson (HD-25) and Chris Kolker (SD-27), and Colorado State House Candidate Lindsey Daugherty (HD-29).
CEA leaders and members spoke about and introduced the candidates and ballot measures that public education advocates are supporting this election season. Baca-Oehlert also provided attendees a glimpse of the potential consequences if CEA’s recommended candidates, ballot initiatives and local elections aren’t successful on election night.
“This school year in Colorado we’re facing a record $1.18 billion deficit in public education funding, on top of the more than $9 billion withheld from students and educators over the last decade,” added Baca-Oehlert. “We need everyone to vote and make their voices heard.”
About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is a membership-based organization that represents 39,000 Colorado educators. The CEA promise to our students and communities is that the members of the Association will lead the way in guaranteeing every student access to the best public education. By working collectively with all education stakeholders, we will provide the best public education for every student and assure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.