I was interviewed by the wonderful Mary Ann Claytor for her weekly 1-hour podcast - here's the link:
With West Virginia teacher vacancies already at crisis level, it's hard to understand how anyone can justify the benefit cuts being proposed by the PEIA Finance Board.
Labor representatives were recently removed/replaced on the PEIA Finance Board. The revised board has now proposed an array of measures that put the burden squarely on past, present and future teachers and their families, as reported by WV Metro News.
The board has scheduled only three public hearings this month - with none in Huntington - to get public input on these changes. Do you think this is acceptable?
Giving a raw deal to current and retired educators is no way to reverse the exodus of our young professionals, and is definitely not in the best interest of West Virginia's children and seniors.
Contact: PEIA Director: Ted Cheatham 304-558-7850, ext.52634
Chief Financial Officer: Jason Haught email@example.com 304-558-7850, ext. 52642
(Thanks to Diane Magnone, my sister Legislative candidate from Weirton, for sharing this alert.)
Let's hold me accountable.
Before I decided to run, I committed some "political rabble-rousing" to resist a lot of downright hurtful decisions being made at the national and state level. Most recently, I wrote a letter to the Herald-Dispatch that sums up my feelings on the matter of public servants and party values. I believe West Virginians are thirsting these days for representatives who won't pull the rug out from under them.
As a new candidate for public office, I know I will be under similar scrutiny. Fair enough! I'm setting out on this campaign with a conviction not just to be honest, but to be transparent and true—true to my faith, true to West Virginia children and working families, and true to seven "unshakeable core beliefs" that I hold to personally as a Democrat.
I'll roll each of those principles out in future blog posts—not just as a way to provide you with a clearer picture of this particular woman's name on the ballot, but also to hold myself accountable as a candidate—and a District 17 Delegate—you can count on.
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