Candidate honored by endorsement from those charged with caring for state’s students
September 22, 2016
LENOIR, N.C. – The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) has endorsed Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina Senate District 45. To coincide with that endorsement, Sherwood has also released a position paper on public education titled, “Ask Any Teacher if Raleigh Republicans Value Public Education.”
President Mark Jewell of the NCAE wrote, “I am proud to inform you that your candidacy for elected office in the 2016 election has received the official endorsement of the North Carolina Association of Educators and the thousands of educator members in the state.” He continued, “Our members understand now more than ever how important it is to elect courageous leaders who will stand up for students, educators, and their communities. We look forward to working with you to make North Carolina public schools some of the strongest in the nation.”
Sherwood responded, “To say that I’m honored by this endorsement is an understatement. We all know that the single-most important person in a child’s classroom is his or her teacher. It is time they are treated as such with pay comparable to those charged with similar awesome responsibilities; it is time that we respect and trust our teachers to run their classrooms without micro-management from Raleigh politicians.”
He continued, “Yet, Governor Pat McCrory and the Republicans controlling the North Carolina General Assembly would have you believe that North Carolina’s teachers have never had it so good. That’s not true. But don’t take my word for it. As I’ve said in my position paper on public education, to get the truth about the way teachers are belittled by the GOP leadership, all you have to do is ask any teacher.”
Sherwood noted, “The problem with the story being fabricated by the Raleigh Republicans is that too many of us know teachers. We call them wife, husband, mom, dad, son, daughter, uncle, aunt, grandma, grandpa, friend – and teacher! We watch them go out the door at 6:30 a.m. and not return home until dusk. Those who have taught – who have managed a classroom full of a couple of dozen children at any grade level at any school – know just how much work is involved in teaching. It is not just a job. It is a vocation, a calling.”
He added, “The truth is, McCrory and the Republicans in Raleigh are doing everything in their power to destroy public education. That is an insult not only to teachers, but it is an assault upon the future of our state’s children and the rich history that, at one time, had North Carolina’s public schools the envy of much of the nation.”
Sherwood concluded, “I am pleased to have earned the endorsement of the hard working teachers in North Carolina. I am excited about returning the favor and going to Raleigh next year to work hard on their behalf. In doing so, I will be working hard for all the children in our public schools.”
Senate District 45 includes five counties – Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga. Sherwood is a resident of Caldwell County. The General Election will be held on November 8.
Contact the Campaign
To speak with Art Sherwood, please call (828) 434-0563. To speak with Campaign Manager Michael Barrick, please call (828) 434-8520.