NH Primary Source: AFT-NH endorses Messmer, Warmington for Executive Council seats

AFT-NH ENDORSEMENTS. Democratic Executive Council candidates Mindi Messmer and Cinde Warmington have been endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers of New Hampshire.

Messmer, who is running in District 3, previously received the NEA-NH endorsement.

“Mindi is a tireless advocate for students, educators, and working people in New Hampshire. She has advocated for a transparent and appropriate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for front-line workers and for our teachers, children, and families,” said AFT-NH President Doug Ley.

Ley cited District 2 candidate Warmington’s “professional background in health care and decades of work to elect pro-education candidates.”

“Cinde has the experience and vision to make the Executive Council work better for working families.”

Messmer, honored by the endorsement, said: “There is nothing more important than providing high-quality education to our children. We must protect and fairly compensate our educators for the critical work they do, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. No teacher should have to make the difficult choice between educating our children, protecting their own and their student’s safety, and putting food on their family’s table.”

Warmington said, “Right now, public education funding is under constant threat from our governor and commissioner of education. Educators, students, and parents are expected to sacrifice their safety during a time of public health crisis under an inhumane re-opening ‘plan.’ At a time like this, it’s immensely meaningful to have the endorsement of AFT-NH.”

AFT-NH has about 3,600 members in 27 locals in the Granite State. It represents not only teachers, but also support staff, police, higher education faculty and city and town employees.

Read John DiStaso’s piece for WMUR here.