CEA members turned out in big ways for education friendly candidates this fall. From door knocking and phone banking to texting, writing post cards, attending rallies, and poll standing, their efforts paid off.
In a close race, residents of Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District sent 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes back to the U.S. House of Representatives. The other members of Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation, all endorsed by NEA, were also successful in their reelection campaigns.
With two recounts outstanding in State House Races, 83% of CEA’s 75 Legislative Honor Roll Candidates won their elections. And all six of CEA’s Statewide Honor Roll Candidates won their races.
Three CEA members will be headed to the State House of Representatives for the 2023 legislative session. History teacher Ron Napoli won reelection in Waterbury, civics teacher Kevin Brown will represent Vernon, and Spanish teacher Chris Poulos won his seat to represent Southington by an incredible one-vote margin in a recount conducted yesterday.
“Chris was in a tough race, and his win really shows the power in getting out and making our voices heard,” says CEA President Kate Dias. “Thank you to everyone who took the time to engage in our precious democratic process.”