(KCPW News) The state’s largest teacher’s union is endorsing Democrat Sam Granato in the U.S. Senate race. The Utah Education Association announced its pick this morning at Granite High School. Granato says having UEA’s support will mean a lot for his campaign.
“They know that I’m the right person that will go after funding to help our students, and also to help our teachers,” Granato told KCPW. “We need to have the best educated children in this country if they’re going to compete in a world market.”
Granato says having a good public education system takes money, which he will pursue from the federal government.
UEA Vice President Tom Nedreberg believes the opposite is true for Granato’s Republican opponent, Mike Lee.
“Mike Lee has come out and basically said that he thinks that federal dollars should stay in Washington, they shouldn’t come here, and he wants to get rid of the Department of Education, and so we don’t feel that he is as supportive of education as Sam is,” said Nedreberg.
Lee believes that regulating education should be done on the local level, and has advocated for reducing the size and scope of the federal government.