PSE endorses Rob McKenna for Governor

Rob McKenna visits with bus drivers from the Auburn School District.

Rob McKenna has the potential as governor to be a once-in-a-generation champion for education.

He has promised a new direction for Washington’s public schools – where public schools will be innovative, fully funded and prepared to deliver on the promise that students will be prepared for college, advanced technical training or the workforce.

Along with parents and communities, education support employees have witnessed the gradual erosion of funding for our public schools and universities. Each year, the percentage of the state’s budget spent on education gets smaller.

Every political candidate talks about education. PSE believes Rob McKenna will be the Governor who will finally stand up and truly make education Washington’s paramount duty.

Beginning in September 2011, PSE leaders and staff conducted an extremely thorough and open interview process to decide who to support for Governor this year. Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee were each interviewed on education and union issues on multiple occasions.

PSE’s endorsement panel reached a recommendation in mid-May. The Legislative Council debated the endorsement without making a recommendation. Finally, on June 8, the PSE Board of Directors voted 11-4 to endorse Rob McKenna.

Based on this rigorous process and input from PSE members across the state, Rob McKenna was the clear favorite. He is an exceptional and thoughtful candidate who believes strongly in quality education and higher education. He has earned PSE’s support.

Throughout every conversation, McKenna’s views mirrored PSE’s educational values, making him the candidate who will best represent classified employees and fight on our behalf in Olympia. We will not agree with Rob McKenna on every issue, but we believe he will lead on the issue that matters most — once again making education the paramount priority of state government.

PSE has a strong history of endorsing officials and candidates of both parties who make education a priority and who work hard or pledge to support educational support prioritiess.

Visit Rob McKenna’s website at www.robmckenna.org to read his position papers on education, higher education, and labor issues.

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