Friday, February 7, 2014

Jay Travis is the real deal [Updated]

At Travis fundraiser last night. 
I got to meet 26th Dist Rep. candidate Jay Travis at a campaign fundraiser for her last night. I came away thinking, she's the real deal. She previously worked as the executive director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), which has been in the forefront of the battle to save public education in Chicago, and as a program officer for the Woods Fund. She's solid in her defense of retirees pensions and was outspoken in opposition to school closings and to SB1 and the great pension heist going on in Springfield and Chicago. She also supports an elected school board in Chicago. Travis is supported by the Chicago Teachers Union and Citizen Action Illinois among others.

Travis volunteers.
The CTU's Brandon Johnson has promised that union members "will be knocking on doors, making phone calls and raising cash" to help Travis win. Good. She will need that kind of support to win.

She's got a tough road ahead. She's up against an incumbent who won last time with lots of dirty money from the the likes of school privatizers and union-busters DFER and Stand for Children. Machine Democrat Christian Mitchell, figures to have four or five times the money as Travis, in his war chest.

We need to change that.

1 comment:

  1. Correction: In my original post, I mistakenly wrote that Jay had been endorsed by the AFL-CIO. She's hasn't been. My bad. Misread it somewhere.


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