|Posted by communications on October 18, 2012 at 11:45 PM|
AFT-PA joins teachers, college professors, and advocates
HARRISBURG (October 18, 2012) — The American Federation of Teachers-Pennsylvania has endorsed Rob Teplitz for the open state Senate seat in the 15th district. AFT Pennsylvania represents more than 36,000 members across the Commonwealth, including teachers and school-related personnel, health care professionals, higher education faculty members, and state employees.
“I am passionate about investing in public education, and I’m proud of the support of educators and advocates from across the state,” said Teplitz. “The stakes are very high in this election. My opponent is on record as supporting the Corbett education cuts, and his campaign is bankrolled by the very same crowd that wants to destroy public education.”
AFT-PA joins other advocates of public education in endorsing Teplitz:
The Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), the largest education employee organization in the Commonwealth, representing over 193,000 members and the 1.7 million school children served by those members, endorsed Teplitz in March.
The Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties (APSCUF), which represents more than 6,000 faculty members and coaches employed at the 14 state-owned universities that are part of the State System of Higher Education, endorsed Teplitz in April.
Education Voters Action Fund of Pennsylvania, an independent public interest organization, endorsed Teplitz in September.
Last month, Teplitz issued a detailed education plan for basic and post-secondary education, with a focus on targeted investments in proven reforms that will benefit all students. “Great schools lead to good jobs,” Teplitz said. “That’s why we must reverse our current course and invest in education in Pennsylvania again.”
Teplitz has built the broadest base of support of any candidate in the race. Announced endorsements include the following organizations and/or their affiliated political action committees: Pennsylvania AFL-CIO; Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters; Pennsylvania State Legislative Board of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen; Education Voters Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania State Education Association; Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties; Service Employees International Union; Central Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council; Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association; Progressive Majority; Equality Pennsylvania; Capital Region Stonewall Democrats; Humane PA; Planned Parenthood; Sierra Club; Clean Water Action; Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania; and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Rob Teplitz is the Chief Counsel and Policy Director at the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General. He has spent most of his career working with Bob Casey and Jack Wagner to protect Pennsylvanians’ hard-earned tax dollars and make government programs work better. In the state Senate, Teplitz will focus on creating jobs, strengthening our schools, keeping taxes as low as possible, and bringing fundamental reforms to state government.
Teplitz, age 41, is a lifelong Central Pennsylvanian and an honors graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Franklin & Marshall College, and Cornell Law School. He grew up in Dauphin County’s Lower Paxton Township and currently lives in Susquehanna Township with his wife Randi and their two sons.
The 15th senatorial district includes most of Dauphin County and the following municipalities in York County: Conewago, Newberry, Goldsboro, Lewisberry, and York Haven.