Treasure Valley union presidents endorse Wilson

The leaders of seven Southwest Idaho teachers’ unions are throwing their support behind Democratic state superintendent’s candidate Cindy Wilson.

“Our public schools in Idaho need a committed, passionate, knowledgeable leader at the helm,” the union presidents said in a joint guest opinion released Wednesday.

The letter was co-signed by Eric Thies of the West Ada Education Association; Eric Maine of the Nampa Education Association; Kelly Garey of the Caldwell Education Association; Shelley Hopkins of the Kuna Education Association; Amanda Rinker of the Vallivue Education Association; Jackie Shull of the Mountain Home Education Association; and Stephanie Myers of the Boise Education Association.

Shull’s signature is noteworthy, since Republican incumbent state superintendent Sherri Ybarra was a longtime Mountain Home educator before her election in 2014.

Taken together, the endorsements represent local union leaders from Idaho’s three largest school districts, and the seven districts have a combined enrollment of more than 100,000 students.

The local associations are an offshoot of the Idaho Education Association, which has endorsed Wilson and has contributed to her campaign and to a third-party pro-Wilson advertising blitz.

Wilson, a retired high school government teacher, represented the IEA on Gov. Butch Otter’s K-12 education task force in 2013.

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