Retired teachers canvas neighborhoods, education a popular election topic

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A group of retired and current teachers canvas neighborhoods to discuss popular election topic’s like education.

For a lot of people, pensions come to mind at the mention of education in a political atmosphere because of the protests at the State Capitol this spring.

For retired teachers Claire Batt and Denise Finley, they say there are many education related issues getting some attention, and deservedly so.

Finley said she’s a life-long Republican, but in the past year, she’s been more about candidates who listen and less about party lines.

“I want people that are willing to communicate with each other despite political party,” she said. “That’s the way our world should be. We should be talking and solving problems.”

Now, Finley and Batt canvas for Attorney General Andy Beshear’s gubernatorial campaign.

Governor Matt Bevin’s campaign says it’s already been solving education problems by “fully funding teacher pensions.”

Bevin’s campaign also highlights his family ties in television ads like, Matt Bevin: “The Truth,” to further attempt to get teacher’s on his side.

Batt said if she’s learned one thing while canvassing, it’s the importance of fulfilling the American freedom of voting. She said she’s met way too many people along the way who don’t care about it.

“Having a voice in your government is important,” Batt said.

The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 5.


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