CEA Media Release: Colorado Voters Elect Majority Pro-Public Education Candidates in Historic Mid-Term Election
Director of Communications
Colorado Education Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2022
Colorado Voters Elect Majority Pro-Public Education Candidates in Historic Mid-Term Election
DENVER, CO – The Colorado Education Association is thrilled to announce historic wins for pro-public school candidates and initiatives up and down the Colorado ballot.
In addition to an incredibly strong showing by pro-public school education candidates on the federal and state level, we are equally excited by the array of wins at virtually every level of Colorado’s local government. Pending the results of outstanding races, Colorado voters may have elected the most public school educators to ever be seated in our state’s government.
Victories by CEA member candidates like Megan Lukens, Barbara McLachlan, and Dave Young; as well as public education champions like Kathy Plomer and Rebecca McClellan for Colorado’s Board of Education, show that Coloradans want more education experts in leadership. In fact, Colorado’s House and Senate, as well as Colorado’s State Board of Education, now all have pro-public school candidate majorities, and the overwhelming majority of CEA’s recommended candidates were voted into office.
We’re also hopeful about the few outstanding races of CEA members and pro-public education candidates such as Janice Marchman, Eliza Hamrick, Mary Young, and Rhonda Solis, who are currently ahead and have had a strong showing thus far.
The CEA is equally encouraged by the successes of ballot measures GG and FF, which will have measurable long-term benefits for our schools, students, educators, and communities. Prop GG will provide much needed transparency to Colorado’s voters when considering tax ballot measures, to ensure that they can confidently vote their values. CEA’s members are also looking forward to the many benefits of Prop FF, which will provide nourishing meals for all of our students, no matter what.
Likewise, we’re excited by the bond and mill levy wins in communities across the state, such as Greeley-Evans, Windsor, Brighton 27A, Mapleton, and Boulder Valley, which will infuse those school districts with sorely needed funding.
It is abundantly clear that Coloradans understand that our public schools need and deserve funding, and when given the chance, voters are excited to invest in their neighborhood schools.
“Colorado voters have spoken: Public education is a central priority for our state,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the CEA. “It’s clear that the vast majority of Coloradans not only support public schools, but understand that one of the best ways to show that support is by voting their pro-public school values in every election.”
“We’d like to especially thank our 39,000 members who have done so much to get pro-public school candidates elected – and for the critical work that they do every single day,” said Baca-Oehlert.
This pro-public school majority arrives at a critical time for Colorado, when our public schools, our education professionals, and our students are in desperate need of investment. We look forward to working with this new and ambitious slate of leaders to ensure that investing in our students, our education professionals, and our public schools becomes a reality.
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About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is the voice of 39,000 educators, working together in a strong union to ensure all students get the exceptional public schools they deserve, in every neighborhood across the state. As Colorado’s largest labor union, CEA works collectively with all education stakeholders to ensure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.