Largest education union in the state throws support behind Democratic frontrunner
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Today, on National Teacher Appreciation Day, the Morse for Congress campaign announced the endorsement of the California Teachers Association (CTA), the state's largest and most influential teachers' union. With 325,000 members across California, including 5,992 in the 4th Congressional District, the CTA is among the biggest labor organizations of any kind in the state. Its members include teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.
"As a product of Northern California's public schools, it is an honor to receive the backing of the thousands of men and women who have dedicated their lives to giving children the tools to learn and grow," said Morse. "While Tom McClintock has repeatedly voted against the interests of middle-class families, I plan to fight alongside our teachers and educators to make sure every child has the chance to succeed."
"Jessica is the daughter of two schoolteachers and grew up in our public school system. She understands the needs of local teachers and will fight for universal pre-K and smart technology in classrooms," saidCTA President Mike Patterson. "Jessica Morse is the champion of California teachers we need in Congress."
Founded in 1863, the CTA is recognized as one of the nation's leading educator advocacy groups, and is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA) at the federal level. Along with employees in California's K-12 school system, the union also includes community college faculty and California State University faculty. Today's endorsement also brings with it volunteers from the local chapters who will be campaigning for Morse in advance of the June primary.
The CTA endorsement comes on the heels of Morse's continued fundraising success, as she outraised each person in the 4th Congressional District race from both parties for the third quarter in a row. She also received the California Democratic Party's official endorsement at the spring convention with 65% of the vote.