PATERSON, NJ- Calling the decision a “no brainer”, the Paterson Education Association (PEA) made their endorsements for the reelection of Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly official on Wednesday.
“Both Benjie and Shavonda are tremendous advocates for working people, and I strongly urge our members and education advocates who live in the 35th legislative district to support them,” declared John McEntee, president of the nearly 3,000 member union of teachers and other education professionals employed in Paterson’s public schools.
In a statement released to TAPinto Paterson McEntee said that Wimberly, an elementary special education teacher has been a long-time public education advocate, often speaking out on the challenges Paterson schools and students face. Sumter, he added, is a vocal proponent of the entire school team and consistently looks for ways to ensure New Jersey’s public schools attract and retain quality educators and education support professionals.
“The PEA is proud to endorse candidates that are committed to working collaboratively with, not against, its members,” McEntee added. “Whether it be respecting our desire for Chapter 78 relief and job justice for our schools’ ESPs or supporting our efforts to ensure Paterson’s students achieve success in and out of the classroom, Benjie and Shavonda understand that strong schools are the direct result of strong unions.”
Offering his gratitude for the endorsement Wimberly said that “the nearly 3,000 members of the Paterson Education Association go to work every day with the singular focus of preparing our children for bright futures.”
“Too often they are asked to do their jobs without the resources they need and deserve. As long as I am serving in the Legislature I will fight to fix that inequity.”
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 5.