FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 24, 2020
Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343
Texas AFT has endorsed Elisa Tamayo for Texas House District 76, which covers much of central and southeast El Paso. The seat is being vacated by Rep. César Blanco, who is running for the Texas Senate seat held by Sen. José Rodriguez, who is retiring.
“We’re excited to have someone with both Capitol experience and a deep belief in the value of public education running in one of the areas that’s been a stronghold for folks supporting our schools,” said Zeph Capo, Texas AFT president. Tamayo, formerly worked for both Blanco and Rodriguez and has a good foundation for knowing how to get things done at the Legislature, Capo said.
“Tamayo understands the importance of investing in our students, and she understands the unique challenges and opportunities of the West Texas border region,” said Ross Moore, El Paso AFT president. “She is a daughter of immigrants and El Paso native who excelled in her education and career on the path to be a true leader for the future of Texas.” El Paso AFT also has endorsed Tamayo.
Capo said Tamayo reflects the values of Texas AFT and has pledged to work toward core issues the union is fighting for, including a greater investment in public education and the school employees that serve our students, providing a dignified retirement for school employees by meeting the dire need for a cost of living increase to their pensions and a return to affordable health care, and a commitment to stopping the rapid expansion of charter schools that threaten the future of our true public schools.
“We’re proud to support someone who will continue to advance the tradition of El Paso lawmakers who are champions for public education, and we know Tamayo will be fighting for us at every step,” Capo said.
Texas American Federation of Teachers represents some 65,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.