On Tuesday Democratic State Senate Candidate Emily Bjornberg announced the endorsement of her campaign by the Connecticut State University American Association of University Professors (CSU-AAUP) and the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges (4C’s). The two organizations are only the latest of a number of groups representing educators who have endorsed Bjornberg and her vision for education in Connecticut.
“In these times, some kind of post-secondary education has become a practical necessity for middle class life. The cost of college is constantly increasing, whether you are aiming for a two-year or a four-year degree. Options for technical education in high-demand fields seem to be shrinking, rather than growing. We must widen the doors of opportunity for young people, and for others looking to boost their careers,” said Bjornberg.
In a letter of endorsement, Mary Ann Mahoy, Chair of the CSU-AAUP wrote that, “This endorsement is a result of careful consideration of your positions and our perception that you recognize the needs of public higher education in Connecticut. Your efforts to maintain and improve public higher education in the State of Connecticut will be most appreciated.”
The CSU-AAUP represents faculty at four state universities across Connecticut, including Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
The Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges (4C’s) represents full-time and part-time faculty and other professional employees at Connecticut’s 12 community colleges, including Middlesex Community College.
Emily Bjornberg has also been endorsed by Connecticut’s public school teachers. Both the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) and the Connecticut affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have voted to endorse Bjornberg for the November 4th General Election. The organizations collectively represent all of Connecticut’s public school teachers.
“Education is the tried and true path to a brighter future. As mother with two children in the Lyme public schools, I will work tirelessly to ensure that in our community, your opportunities in life are limited only by your work ethic and determination,” said Emily Bjornberg.
Bjornberg added, “At present our small towns are not getting their fair share of education aid from the state, which puts upward pressure on all of our property taxes. We need a stronger advocate in Hartford who can deliver results for our communities.”
More than 2,100 CEA and AFT Connecticut members live in the towns of the 33rd State Senate District, which includes the communities of: Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.