Teachers’ group endorses McGrath in Senate race

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The National Education Association Fund has endorsed Democrat Amy McGrath in her challenge to incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

“Amy McGrath has the grit and determination to be a great senator for the commonwealth, and we are proud to support her campaign,” KEA President Eddie Campbell said in announcing the endorsement Tuesday. “She has the empathy and courage to stand up for our children and our families who continue to face the challenges and make the sacrifices brought on by the coronavirus.”

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“I am honored to have the endorsement of the NEA Fund and the support of members of the Kentucky Education Association,” said McGrath, who called on McConnell to make sure state and local governments get the financial assistance they need during the pandemic to fund public employee pensions, including teachers.

“As the mother of three small kids, and the daughter of a teacher, I have a deep respect and appreciation for the educators who are teaching and supporting the next generation of Kentuckians. In the Senate, I won’t just talk about the value of our educators, I’ll take action to ensure their pensions are protected, they can withdraw the Social Security benefits they’ve paid into and they have the resources they need to do their jobs,” added McGrath, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the NEA Fund and the support of members of the Kentucky Education Association,” said McGrath. “As the mother of three small kids, and the daughter of a teacher, I have a deep respect and appreciation for the educators who are teaching and supporting the next generation of Kentuckians. In the Senate, I won’t just talk about the value of our educators, I’ll take action to ensure their pensions are protected, they can withdraw the Social Security benefits they’ve paid into and they have the resources they need to do their jobs. Right now, it falls to Sen. McConnell to protect pensions for educators by funding state and local government, and I call on him to do just that.”

McGrath is holding an educators’ rally Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. EDT at Moondance Amphitheater in Lexington.