This is the first “Vic’s Election Notes on Education” for 2018. Notes under this title contain commentaries on election candidates and my personal candidate endorsements.
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Which candidate for U.S. Senate from Indiana should be favored by public education advocates?
If you are a voter who puts a high priority on public education, Joe Donnelly is the best candidate in the U.S. Senate race. As an advocate for public education, I have reviewed the record, and Joe Donnelly has my full endorsement over Mike Braun.
Here are my reasons.
Mike Braun Has a Poor Record on Public Education
Mike Braun served in the Indiana House of Representatives representing District 63 for three sessions: the long budget session of 2015 (after winning the 2014 general election unopposed), the short session of 2016 and the long budget session of 2017 (after defeating Democrat Andrea Hulsman in the 2016 general election). Then he resigned to run for U.S. Senate in November, 2017.
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It intrigued me that Mike Braun’s U.S. Senate primary campaign ads ignored his three years in the General Assembly and made it sound like he was a businessman with no experience in government.
During those three sessions, he had a poor record on issues related to public education:
Joe Donnelly Has a Strong Record on Public Education
It’s a clear difference. If supporting K-12 public education is a concern as you vote, I urge you to support Joe Donnelly in this tight election race and to ask friends and family to do the same.
Good luck in your work! If public education is going to survive in Indiana, voters will make all the difference.
Thanks for advocating in support of public education!
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