John Bell (D)
While all elected officials that have received the VEA Fund’s recommendation in their campaigns are strong public education advocates, those highlighted here are champions that deserve recognition for specific actions they have taken on behalf of public education.
The VEA Fund proudly recommended Governor McAuliffe in 2013, and that recommendation clearly made a difference for what ultimately could have been devastating policy outcomes for public education in Virginia. Throughout his term, Governor McAuliffe has been a steadfast defender against policies that would have weakened our public education system. By consistently vetoing legislation on unconstitutional charter schools, for-profit virtual schools, and other schemes like vouchers that would defund public education, Governor McAuliffe has proven to be a VEA Fund elected champion.
In 2013, the VEA Fund made a rare early recommendation in the Lieutenant Governor primary in support of then Senator Ralph Northam. After successfully winning both the primary and general elections, Lieutenant Governor Northam has used his position breaking ties in the Virginia Senate to block harmful legislation on issues like school vouchers and to advance other issues like nondiscrimination policies in Virginia. Furthermore, Lieutenant Governor Northam has used his time in office to advocate for other public education values, like paying our educators a salary they deserve, and has clearly become a VEA Fund elected champion.
The VEA Fund proudly recommended Attorney General Herring in the 2013 election. Since taking office, Attorney General Herring has given bold opinions and successfully defended our public education values along the way. Whether it has been defending public educators’ right to privacy, defending local school board’s authority to govern themselves, working to ensure our public schools are safe and welcoming to all Virginians, Attorney General Herring has rightfully confirmed his role as a VEA Fund elected champion.