Richmond Teachers’ Association endorses trustee candidates

The Richmond Teachers’ Association has endorsed seven trustee candidates from a variety of slates this civic election.

Three members of the six-person Richmond Education Party received an endorsement: incumbent Ken Hamaguchi, incumbent Sandra Nixon and Andrew Scallion with the Richmond District Parents’ Association.

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The RTA also endorsed two Richmond First candidates: incumbents Donna Sargent and Eric Yung.

Incumbent Debbie Tablotney, who is running independently but used to be a part of Richmond First, also got an RTA endorsement.

Grace Tsang, from Richmond Community Coalition, rounded out the eight people the RTA endorsed. Tsang previously served as a school trustee from 2005 to 2014. 

There are seven school trustee positions up for grabs this election, and if people choose the RTA’s recommendations they’ll have a complete ballot.

In a Facebook post, the RTA said it looked for several things when choosing candidates to endosrse, including: being collaborative, supporting diversity and inclusion (including implementation of Richmond’s new Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity policy) and experience advocating  for public education.

The RTA also considered responses to a questionnaire it delivered to candidates and their answer at the trustee all-candidates meeting on Oct. 4. h

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