Eight current and former members of the Board of Education are supporting Aaron Turner for State Senate over sitting school board member Dennis Bradley in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Endorsement letter follows from Maria Pereira, Ben Walker, Joe Sokolovic, John Bagley, Howard Gardner, Sauda Efia-Baraka, Bobby Simmons and Max Medina.
The undersigned are current and former members of the Bridgeport Board of Education with approximately 55 years of combined service.
We value public school education!
We volunteer our time to serve the public school children of the City of Bridgeport.
That is why we support Aaron Turner in the Democratic Primary for State Senate in the 23rd Senatorial District, rather than and instead of his opponent, current Bridgeport Board of Education member Dennis Bradley.
We support and endorse the candidacy of Aaron Turner for State Senate because we firmly believe that he is an independent thinker and a committed public servant.
Aaron Turner’s opponent has been a cog in the Bridgeport political machine that has deliberately underfunded public education and has resisted meaningful reforms advocated by our Superintendent of Schools.
Given a choice between the politics of political patronage and sound education policy, Dennis Bradley can always be counted on to support the political machine. This brand of naked political posturing and loyalty to politics is what has denied our school children the opportunities to succeed in school and in life.
Aaron Turner has demonstrated a determination to fight for the best interests of Bridgeport families and children. He will be guided by the enduring principles of integrity, respect and justice. He has a deep and profound understanding of the needs of the people of our school district and has promised to use his energy, strength and love of community to make sure that the City of Bridgeport receives its fair share of benefits and resources from the State of Connecticut.
Bridgeport’s families and children need someone who will intelligently and compassionately advocate for them in Hartford; we can no longer afford to send representatives who unquestionably salute whatever the political machine runs up the flagpole.
Aaron Turner is the candidate who will act in the best interests of the people of Bridgeport, rather than in the best interests of the politicians of Bridgeport.
Please join us in voting for Aaron Turner for State Senate in the Democratic Primary for 23rd Senatorial District on Tuesday August 14, 2018.
Isn’t it telling that the Bridgeport Education Association which represents 1,500 certified teachers/ staff in the BPS and eight (8) current and former BOE members chose not to endorse a current Bridgeport Board of Education member?
Instead, all are enthusiastically supporting BPS graduate AARON TURNER!
I have a pretty good idea where current/retired educators live in Thomas Hooker School. I also have a good idea where union members live.
I have really been working to educate voters that Alice Walton, the wealthiest woman in the World with an estimated value of $41 BILLION donated $100,000 to help elect Dennis Bradley.
I explain she is one of the heir’s of Walmart that also serves as the largest employer in the United States. 50% of Walmart employees are on some form of public assistance because Walmart refuses to pay a living wage, tries to keep as many employees as possible as part-time so they do not earn benefits, and taxpayers subsidize that public assistance.
I explain that Alice Walton is against the middle class, those in poverty, anti-union, anti-public schools, etc. She is a HUGE supporter of Charter $chools and the privatization of our public schools.
It is helping convert votes away from Bradley. In fact a public school teacher that had already voted by absentee ballot drove down to the Town Clerk’s office to change her vote from Joe Ganim & Dennis Bradley.
I was pretty impressed with her extra effort to do the right thing. 🙂
*** Sounds nice, & great local political press but in the end, its “votes” not wishful written endorsement’s that count towards a seat in the State Senate. ***