Morris gets backing of teachers union in 140th race

State Rep. Bruce Morris has been endorsed by the state teachers union.
State Rep. Bruce Morris has been endorsed by the state teachers union.

NORWALK, Conn. – State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) got a boost in his re-election bid Friday when he picked up the backing of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

The endorsement was not unexpected – Morris, a four-term legislator and the party-backed candidate, has worked in the Norwalk Public Schools for more than a dozen years as director of human relations and is a union member of the Executive Support Group. He is facing a primary challenge from former at-large Common Councilman Warren Peña.

Primary Election 2014In a statement emailed by the Morris campaign, AFT President Melodie Peters said Morris was endorsed because of his “commitment to working families and advocating for issues that are important to AFT Connecticut. … We need strong leadership that will help turn this state around and his re-election is a critical part of this.”

Morris, in the release, said he is “ecstatic” to have received the support of the AFT.

“I have spent over 15 years working alongside and around teachers and education professionals and have seen first-hand how important their work is to the future of our children,” he said.

AFT Connecticut represents more than 29,000 workers including teachers and other school-related personnel including paraprofessionals, state employees, health care workers, and higher education faculty and staff.

Morris has also been endorsed by Connecticut Education Association (CEA).

The Democratic Primary is Tuesday Aug. 12.


4 responses to “Morris gets backing of teachers union in 140th race”

  1. John Hamlin

    We need more elected officials who will take on the teachers union not more in their hip pocket.

  2. Bill

    Thank you Bruce Morris for always supporting teachers and giving them pay raises and better pensions year after year despite taxpayers seeing flat paychecks. You are definitely doing the right thing for taxpayers.

  3. Lifelong Teacher

    I’ve been watching from the inside for a very long time. Bruce Morris doesn’t support teachers. He shows up when angry parents call him with cries of prejudice.

  4. piberman

    Isn’t it wonderful that our City’s public school employees who mostly live outside the City are so active in electing officials sympathetic to granting outside raises. It’s Norwalk’s version of “public service”. Makes us a special City. City officials worthy of our respect would seek endorsement from citizens, not City employees. Dream on !

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