Reeves: “It’s time every kid in this country had a fair shot at the best education possible. It’s time for Betsy DeVos to know our educators, our schools and our kids come before corporate special interests.”

Today, the hardworking educators of the Washington Education Association (WEA) sole endorsed Kristine Reeves, Democratic candidate for Washington’s 10th Congressional District.  The largest union in the state, the WEA has long been a strong advocate for improving our public schools and supporting educators.

“During educator appreciation week, I’m reminded of all the educators in my life – in childhood, growing up in and out of foster care, it was my Head Start teachers and elementary school recess aides, my middle-school reading teacher, junior-high custodian and bus drivers, who watched out for me and helped me grow. When I ended up homeless at sixteen, it was my English & Civics teachers, my high school counselor, who fought for me and prepared me for the future — They all believed in me,” said Kristine Reeves.  “Now, it’s my turn to fight for Washington’s educators, students, and schools in Washington, DC, because I believe in them and the kids they serve. It’s why I’m especially honored to have the trust and support of the tireless teachers and educators who make up the Washington Education Association as we fight for the future of all our kids.”

“I ran for public office for the first time, as the working mom of a two and four year old, because the greatest challenge facing our state was how to fully fund K-12 education, and as someone who believes that it was public school educators who saved my life, I know the influence a strong educator can have on a child. I wanted to make sure every kid in our community got access to the best education possible,” continued Kristine.  “I’m running for Congress to be a champion for our students, educators, and public schools who have gotten pushed aside by President Trump and left behind by Betsy DeVos in favor of corporate special interests.  Enough is enough.  It’s time every kid in this country had a fair shot at the best education possible.”

“As a working mom with young kids in our public schools, Kristine Reeves understands the unique needs of our educators, parents and our students. As a state representative, Kristine fought hard for the fair funding of our schools, increased educator pay, and reduced class sizes so that students could continue to be the focus of our schools, and so educators could afford to live and work in the communities where they teach,” said Washington Education Association President Larry Delaney. “We know we can count on Kristine to always keep fighting for us as we wrestle with inadequate funding for special education, school nurses and counselors to meet our student’s health needs; as we partner with our communities to advance school construction, increase broadband and technology and invest in early learning and higher education.”

Kristine, who comes from a proud union family as a former Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) member herself, and her husband a member of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and former Teamster, continues to pick up strong union endorsements, including from LiUNA and Teamsters Joint Council No. 28. This critical endorsement adds to her dozens of endorsements from diverse and progressive leaders across Washington including Congressman Adam Smith, all the members of the Washington State Legislature’s Black Members Caucus, and other high-profile state and community leaders, which led her to outraise the field in her first quarter in the race.