LAE-FCPE Endorses Tara Hollis for Governor
The LAE Fund for Children & Public Education Endorses Tara Hollis for Governor
Hollis’ Extensive Knowledge and Experience as a Public School Educator Places Her Ahead In Candidate Screening Process
BATON ROUGE, LA – October 8, 2011 – The LAE Fund for Children & Public Education (LAE-FCPE) – the political action committee for the Louisiana Association of Educators – has endorsed Tara Hollis for Governor of Louisiana.
The decision to endorse Hollis was made by a screening committee made up of LAE local presidents and executive committee members from across the state. The committee interviewed four of the 10 candidates - Ron Ceasar, Tara Hollis, ‘Niki Bird’ Papazoglakis, Ivo ‘Trey’ Roberts - who are vying for the state’s top office.
The Fund for Children & Public Education interview team ultimately decided to recommend Hollis for the position. Her extensive knowledge and experience as a public school educator placed her ahead during the candidate screening process. LAE-FCPE Chairperson Joyce Haynes praised the committee on their decision.
“This is an extremely important election and members of the LAE-FCPE took this process very seriously,” said Haynes. “The future of Louisiana relies on the policies enacted by the individual who is elected to this position. We feel as though Mrs. Hollis is a true supporter of public education and is someone who will to make the children of Louisiana her first priority.”
Each candidate went through an extensive screening process where they were asked to answer a questionnaire exploring their views on teacher accountability, charter schools, teachers’ retirement and state funding. The candidates then met with members of the LAE-FCPE, where they were given an opportunity to elaborate on their questionnaire answers, as well as their campaign platforms.
“We appreciate the initiative that these men and women are taking by running for this very important office,” said Haynes. “We chose the individual whose platform was most in line with our values as educators.”
The 2011 gubernatorial primary is set for October 22nd. We hope that Ms. Hollis will be able to win enough votes to effectuate a runoff - which is scheduled for November 19th.
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