The Arkansas Education Association released a partial list of legislative endorsements this week.
The AEA represents thousands of teachers across the state and their organization has been influential in both political campaigns and at the State Capitol.
Receiving the AEA endorsement can give a helpful boost to candidates in tight races. For endorsed candidates, the AEA will often contact teachers in the respective districts and encourage AEA members to vote for the endorsed candidate. When every vote counts, having the AEA on your side contacting voters on your behalf is a helpful tool.
I might note that the AEA has made some early picks in several heated Democratic Senate primaries as you can see below.
Here is the list of AEA endorsed legislative candidates. The AEA tells me they’ll be releasing more endorsements soon.
STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
District 5: David Fielding (D)
District 9: Sheila Lampkin (D)
District 16: James Word (D)
District 29: Fred Love (D)
District 30: Tommy Branch (D)
District 33: Warwick Sabin (D)
District 41: Jim Nickels (D)
District 59: Butch Wilkins (D)
District 60: Homer Lenderman (D)
District 69: Betty Overbey (D)
District 86: Greg Leding (D)
District 11: Steve Harrelson (D)
District 24: Jack Crumbly (D)
District 25: Stephanie Flowers (D)
District 26: Eddie Cheatham (D)
District 30: Linda Chesterfield (D)
District 31: Joyce Elliott (D)
District 32: David Johnson (D)