State teachers union endorses Rodgerson in 143rd District

Keith Rodgerson
Keith Rodgerson

NORWALK, Conn. – Democrat Keith Rodgerson has received the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers Connecticut (AFT) in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Gail Lavielle in the state’s 143rd legislative district.

The 143rd District comprises parts of Wilton, Norwalk and Westport.

State AFT President Melodie Peters said in a press release that Rodgerson received AFT’s endorsement because of “(his) commitment to working families.”

“This election is very important to the people of Connecticut,” Peters said. “We need strong leadership that will help turn this state around.”

“I am humbled by their trust in me,” Rodgerson said of the endorsement in an emailed statement. “These are challenging times in education. Once I get to Hartford, I will work very hard in making sure that our educational priorities continue to move forward.”

The AFT endorsement follows the release of Rodgerson’s education platform last week.

AFT Connecticut represents more than 29,000 workers in the public and private sectors. Their membership includes teachers, school related personnel including paraprofessionals, state employees, healthcare workers, and higher education faculty and staff.


4 responses to “State teachers union endorses Rodgerson in 143rd District”

  1. anon

    What a surprise.

  2. John Hamlin

    The AFT’s endorsement of Rodgerson is a badge of honor for Lavielle. State law needs to be amended so that the teachers union is disbanded.

  3. Bill

    Of course public employees would endorse a guy who makes money off of poor Bridgeport taxpayers in order live in rich Wilton. Typical public employee.

  4. John C. Romano

    No surprise here. Yet the statement by AFT’S Peters is very profound “This election is very important to the people of Connecticut” it sure is. We need more Gail Lavielle’s and a new head of state (Tom Foley) to begin to right the wrongs and the direction our state has taken.

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