MTA recommends Tolman, Kerrigan and Bump

The Massachusetts Teachers Association is recommending Warren Tolman for attorney general, Steve Kerrigan for lieutenant governor and Suzanne Bump for a second term as auditor in the state’s General Election this fall.

In addition, the association will recommend the winner of the Democratic primary for governor over Republican candidate Charlie Baker or his rival for the GOP nomination, Mark Fisher. The MTA will also recommend the winner of the Democratic primary for state treasurer over Republican Mike Heffernan.

Warren Tolman

Warren Tolman

The recommendations result from votes taken by the MTA Board of Directors. The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held on Sept. 9. The General Election will be held on Nov. 4.

MTA President Paul Toner said the candidates recommended by the MTA would provide responsive and active leadership that advances the interests of students, parents, educators and public education at all levels, as well as communities throughout Massachusetts.

“Warren Tolman, Steve Kerrigan and Suzanne Bump are champions of working families, and they will move us forward on the issues that matter most to the residents of our Commonwealth,” Toner said. “They will support funding for public schools and colleges, measures that protect consumers, and other priorities that will help build a bright future for everyone in Massachusetts.

“The MTA also stands ready to back the candidates for governor and treasurer who emerge as winners of the Democratic primary,” Toner added. “We need proactive and pro-public-education leadership in the years ahead — leadership that will represent the interests of students and working families.”

Steve Kerrigan

Steve Kerrigan

Candidates were interviewed and evaluated by the Candidate Recommendation Committee, which then passed along its recommendations to the MTA Board.

Addressing the race for attorney general, Toner offered high praise for Tolman, saying the candidate believes “there is no other job that enables you to do more to protect Massachusetts families, their homes and their pocketbooks.”

“Warren Tolman will make an outstanding attorney general,” Toner said.

Kerrigan — a longtime member of the staff of the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and, more recently, chief executive officer of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee — noted in his discussions with members that his mother is an educator. He said he knows that “education is the key to everything.”

“Steve will work with MTA members to narrow the achievement gap and will seek to put more funding into early education,” Toner said. “He truly understands that the Commonwealth needs to provide cities and towns with the resources they need to succeed — and to help students succeed.”

Suzanne Bump

Suzanne Bump

Bump faces no opposition in the Democratic primary. Toner praised the auditor for looking at whether charter school expenditures are being used to meet the schools’ mission, part of which involves sharing best practices. He also said that she is attentive to the burden that local mandates are placing on communities and school districts and has said that “you can’t just keep piling these on.”

The MTA’s more than 110,000 members include preK-12 teachers, education support professionals, public higher education faculty and staff, and public education retirees. The MTA is the state affiliate of the 3-million-member NEA.

The recommendations will enable the association to organize members and advocate on behalf of the candidates well in advance of the General Election.

“We intend to be highly active in the campaigns that lie ahead,” Toner said.