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Public School Employees of Washington/ SEIU Local 1948 Endorses Rob McKenna for Governor
“A once-in-a-generation champion for education”

June 11, 2012                                                                                       Contact: Rick Chisa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           360-791-6646

Public School Employees of Washington/SEIU 1948, (PSE) the state’s largest union representing educational support professionals, is endorsing Rob McKenna (Republican) for Governor.

“Rob McKenna has the potential as governor to be a once-in-a-generation champion for education,” said Judi Owens, a public school secretary and President of the 26,000-member PSE union.

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

“Along with parents, education support employees have witnessed the gradual erosion of funding for our public schools and universities over the past several years. Each year, the percentage of our state’s budget spent on education gets smaller. Every candidate talks about education,” Owens said. “We believe Rob McKenna will be the Governor who will finally stand up and truly make education our paramount duty.”

PSE represents school bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, paraeducators, and other K-12 support staff in 175 school districts, as well as hundreds of higher education support employees.

Beginning in September 2011, PSE invited both major candidates for Governor to participate in its endorsement process. Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee were each interviewed on education and union issues on multiple occasions. On June 8, the PSE Board of Directors made the final decision based on this rigorous process and input from PSE members across the state.

“We ran an extremely thorough and open process, and we let our members make the decision, and Rob McKenna was the clear favorite,” said Owens. “We look forward to putting all of our resources behind his campaign, and we look forward to working with Governor McKenna in Olympia next year.”

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