Primary Election Runoff is Critical for Public Education

Posted 8/9/2019

Tuesday was a great day for our children, our teachers, and our public schools. Election 2019 is shaping up to be a good one for public education, but we need your help again to ensure that we reach that goal.

Bill Waller, Jr. will face Lt. Governor Tate Reeves in the Republican Primary runoff on Tuesday, August 27, and the races of several pro-public education legislative candidates will be decided on that day. Here's what's at stake...

In the past 8 years, we've gotten:
• the worst underfunding of public schools in state history
• the lowest teacher salaries in the nation
• a crisis-level teacher shortage
• vouchers that send public school dollars to private academies
• increased state testing
• general hostility toward public education

If you want something different for the next 8 years, we need your help with the runoff election on August 27. Every. Single. Vote. Matters.

Please respond to this email if you want to be part of our "Mobilize the Vote" team. There are important roles that take as little as 15 minutes.

Mississippians are eligible to vote in the Republican Primary runoff if they:
• Did not vote at all this past Tuesday (August 6)
• Voted in the Republican Primary on Tuesday (August 6)

Those who voted in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday are not eligible to vote in the Republican Primary runoff. They should vote in the Democratic Primary runoff election, also on August 27.

If you can't make it to the polls on Tuesday, August 27, please cast an absentee ballot in your Circuit Clerk's office by noon on Saturday, August 25.

Public education supporters made a statement this past Tuesday in some high-profile races, choosing candidates who campaigned on support for public schools over House Speaker Pro-Tempore Greg Snowden (he campaigned vigorously against Initiative 42 and authored - unsuccessfully - one of the bills that attempted to silence educators) and House Ways and Means chairman Jeff Smith (who consistently voted against adequate school funding and for voucher legislation). Pro-public school candidates won other races, as well, but we still have more to determine. The next critical step is the primary runoff on August 27.

Will you help us? Remind others about this important runoff election. Text your contacts. Email your friends. Call your family. Share our Facebook posts - and encourage pro-public school votes in your own posts. Retweet our tweets.

Let's all do our part to get public school supporters to the polls for the runoff on Tuesday, August 27, and we will win the day for our children and our teachers.

Together, we've got this!