Electoral Work: Electing Education Champions

The City of Memphis held its municipal election on October 3. Michalyn Easter-Thomas, one of Stand's endorsed candidates for city council, has advanced to the runoff election. It's crucial for all of us to take part in the runoff election and cast our votes for this education champion. 

Important dates for the Memphis runoff election: 

Voter Registration deadline: Tuesday, October 15

Last Day for Absentee Ballot Request: Thursday, November 7

Early Voting period: Friday, October 25 - Saturday, November 9

Election Day: Thursday, November 14

About Stand's Endorsement Process

A large part of achieving progress in building better public schools is to ensure that the individuals in charge of education policy are making the best decisions when it comes to our children’s future.

When an election occurs that impacts education – whether it is local school boards or state representatives – we have to determine whether or not to get involved. Our parent and member endorsement process helps us understand if a candidate is a leader who will stand up for what is best for children in our education system.

Not just anyone can be endorsed by Stand for Children. We run a rigorous endorsement process. By using surveys, forums, and candidate interviews, our parents and members are given the opportunity to ask tough questions of candidates to understand where they stand on key issues. From there we decide who has what it takes to be an education champion.

Once we endorse a candidate, we want that candidate to win. To help them do so, we engage our members and supporters to assist us with:

  • door knocking
  • phone banking
  • direct mail
  • radio ads
  • and other tactics

Electing education champions is a key part of education advocacy. All together, we can create change. 

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