FEA taking close look at Florida legislative races
The Florida Education Association, long one of the state's most politically-involved unions, is taking a long hard look at which state House and Senate races it wants to target this fall.
Union leaders recently met to discuss the possibilities, as a growing number of sitting lawmakers make their campaign decisions. President Joanne McCall has told the Gradebook she wants to make the most effective and efficient use of the FEA's resources in trying to get a group of lawmakers friendly to public education.
With the qualifying deadline a week off, though, the FEA is not yet ready to announce which seats it will focus upon, spokesman Mark Pudlow said Wednesday. The candidate pool keeps shifting, Pudlow said, mentioning the question marks surrounding such veterans as state Sen. Dwight Bullard and Rep. Irv Slosberg.
"We will continue to evaluation candidates who are looking at supporting the folks that teach and work in our schools," Pudlow said. "We've found in the past few years we have had much listening" by lawmakers. "We are working with the labor community to expand our reach and voice."
He expected this year's elections to be different, in part because of redistricting that looks to have made districts more fairly drawn, particularly in the Senate.
"We're going to look at it after qualifying," Pudlow said. "There are still developments in who is running where."