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CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Education Association-Political Action Committee has recommended candidates for the West Virginia Legislature in the Nov. 6 general election.

"The WVEA-PAC believes, based on past performances and responses to interview questions, these candidates are advocates for public education and children," said Dale Lee, WVEA-PAC chairman. "These candidates share our commitment to improving education in West Virginia."

A recent news item in The Herald-Dispatch omitted some local candidates who received endorsements. Here's a more complete regional list:

STATE SENATE:

- Charles E. Sammons, 6th District

- Ron Stollings, 7th District

- William R. "Bill" Wooton, 9th District

HOUSE OF DELEGATES:

- Mark Dean (21st District)

- Gary McCallister (22nd District)

- Rodney Miller (23rd District)

- Ralph Rodighiero and Aaron Stone (24th District)

- Andy Vance (25th District)

For the entire list of endorsements, visit https://www.wvea.org/.

WV educator groups support Manchin for

CHARLESTON - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's campaign officially has been endorsed by all of the major educator groups in West Virginia, according to a news release.

Manchin has the support of the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA); the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia (AFT-WV); and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association (WVSSPA), which represent teachers, bus drivers, school cooks, custodians, office employees, instructional paraprofessionals, school nurses, retirees and many other education professionals that help educate West Virginia students.

The leaders of WVEA, AFT-WV and WVSSPA issued a joint statement in support of Manchin.

"There is a clear choice in this election for public education professionals because Senator Manchin has always supported public education in West Virginia, while Patrick Morrisey threatened to file an injunction to silence public school educators seeking better pay and benefits," they stated.

The groups pointed out that as governor, Manchin increased the pay of teachers and state employees by 3.5 percent, while filling in the annual step increments on the salary schedule and revised the pension plan to allow teachers and service personnel to move from the mandated defined contribution system to the defined benefit system.

"I will always stand with our educators, and I'm honored to have them stand with me in this campaign. Our economy in West Virginia depends on great public schools; that means giving our teachers and school service personnel the support they need," Manchin said.

Scorecard notes legislators' records

CHARLESTON - Rise Up West Virginia and the West Virginia Working Families Party recently released a comprehensive scorecard on social media highlighting legislators' votes on education and PEIA-related bills in the 2018 legislative session. Thirty-one delegates and 11 senators received "A" grades, indicating a perfect voting record on the scorecard's issues, while 43 Delegates and 20 senators received failing "F" grades.

The scorecard tracked votes on the 5 percent pay raise for school employees, procedural votes related to raising the natural gas severance tax to fund PEIA, votes on weakening teacher qualifications, and more.

Area delegates who earned "A" grades include Rodney Miller, Boone; and Ralph Rodighiero, Logan.

Justin Marcum, Mingo, earned an "A minus."

Area delegates who earned a "C" grade are Rupert Phillips Jr., Logan.

Delegates Mark Dean, Mingo; and Zack Maynard, Lincoln; earned "D's."

Area senators earned the following grades: Richard Ojeda, Logan, "A plus"; and Ron Stollings, Boone, "A."

The underlying data are available at https://tinyurl.com/PEIAscorecard.

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