Bucking a sitting school board member, the Bridgeport Education Association that represents local public school teachers has endorsed 23rd District State Senate candidate Aaron Turner over Democratic endorsed Dennis Bradley in the August 14 primary. Bradley won a seat on the school board in 2015.
“As a graduate of Bridgeport public schools it is an honor to be endorsed by our local teachers union,” Turner stated Monday. “Many of the challenges that I faced as a student persist today. Subpar facilities and classroom conditions, outdated textbooks, and low numbers of minority teachers are all areas that we know need immediate attention.
“That being said, I am also incredibly proud of being a product of Bridgeport public schools. There is a grit that comes with graduating from here and when I was able to attend UCONN, I may not have been as prepared as my suburban counterparts, but I was able to make up the difference with determination. Nothing would make me prouder than to be able to advocate for young men and women who grew up like me, and help deliver them the education and opportunities they deserve.”
Turner has also received endorsements from past and current Board of Education members Max Medina, John Bagley, Sauda Efia-Baraka, Bobby Simmons, Maria Pereira, Ben Walker, Joe Sokolovic, and Howard Gardner.