LYNN — The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), American Federation of Teachers, Massachusetts, and the Lynn Teachers Union have endorsed Brendan Crighton in his bid to become state senator for the 3rd Essex District, including Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott.
“Brendan has always been a fighter for public education and Lynn’s students. He is a proud product of the Lynn Public schools,” said Sheila O’Neil, President of the Lynn Teachers Union. “The Lynn Teachers Union is proud to support his candidacy for State Senate. Brendan has always been a champion for the teachers, paraprofessionals, and therapists of Lynn Public Schools.”
MTA President Barbara Madeloni said Crighton has demonstrated a strong commitment to advocating for students and for our public schools, colleges and universities. “He will continue to do all he can to help communities and working families across the Commonwealth,” she said.
“The American Federation of Teachers, Massachusetts has endorsed Representative Crighton because he is a champion of public schools and the best education for all students.” said the group’s president, Thomas Gosnell.
Crighton began his career in public service in 2005 working for former state senator, Thomas M. McGee, who is now Lynn’s mayor. He was first elected to public office as Ward 5 Lynn City Councilor in 2010 and later was elected as Councilor-At-Large, serving total of six years. Crighton was sworn in as state representative for the 11th Essex District, which includes Lynn and Nahant, in 2015.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of the many outstanding teachers in Lynn Public Schools,” said Crighton. “It is truly an honor to earn the endorsements of the Lynn Teachers Union, Massachusetts Teachers Association, and American Federation of Teachers, Massachusetts. The future of our state depends on our hard-working teachers and a strong public school system. Education must always be a top priority and I will continue to work hard to make sure the resources are there for our teachers and students.”
Crighton is a co-sponsor of an “act strengthening and investing in our educators, students and communities.” This legislation would provide more resources for local school districts, reform our current high stakes standardized testing, and mandate recess as part of the school day for primary school students.
The special election is Tuesday, March 6.