On The Campaign Trail
Baker gains HSTA backing
After supporting her opponent in the Democratic primary, the Hawaii State Teachers Association is endorsing West and South Maui Sen. Roz Baker in the Nov. 6 general election.
Baker faces a challenge from Green Party candidate Melissah “Mish” Shishido. In the primary election, Baker defeated Kihei Democrat Terez Amato.
HTSA President Corey Rosenlee said: “After research, membership input, interviews and committee discussions about the candidates who applied for HSTA’s recommendation, Roz Baker was among those endorsed by the HSTA Board of Directors for the general election. We believe she will be a strong advocate for teachers, students and public education.”
Baker said the union’s endorsement “means a lot to me on a personal level.”
“I grew up in a household of teachers,” she said. “My Dad was a coach and school administrator. My Mother was an elementary school teacher who taught special needs students, and I saw how dedicated she was and how much of a difference she made in her students.”
Baker said she graduated with a teaching certificate, but she decided to support teachers through her legislative career.
“I’m proud to be an advocate for our public schools and will continue to work hard to provide more resources for classroom teachers, better salaries and improved facilities,” she said.
The teachers union represents more than 13,500 public school teachers statewide.
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