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Hatch gets endorsement from state teachers union

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 11:18 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch’s challenge of Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has won the backing of the 34,000-member state teachers union’s political action committee.

After hearing from both candidates, the Iowa State Education Association Political Action Committee Central Committee recommended Hatch for governor Wednesday.

“We are grateful to both Gov. Branstad and Sen. Hatch for taking time out of their busy schedules to talk with Iowa educators about important issues facing public schools,” said Tammy Wawro of Cedar Rapids, ISEA president.

“After careful deliberations, the committee made up of both Democrat and Republican members, recommended Jack Hatch,” she said. “Hatch best represents our values, beliefs, and we believe he will best represent the students of Iowa.”

Also Wednesday, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin applauded Hatch’s choice of Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman Monica Vernon as his running mate.

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©2014 The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

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