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Hartford Federation Of Teachers Endorses Vargas

By Jenna Carlesso

September 08, 2011

This came from Vargas' camp today:

(HARTFORD, CT) Today, the Hartford Federation of Teachers, Local 1018, has announced its endorsement for Democratic Mayoral Candidate Edwin Vargas. Vargas proudly worked as a teacher in the Hartford Public School System for over a quarter century and expressed his enthusiasm for the endorsement.

"I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of the Hartford Federation of Teachers. As a teacher for 35 years, I know that our kids can learn. Working together we can take back our city and provide our children with the first class education they deserve," Vargas stated.

Hartford Federation of Teachers President Andrea Johnson emphasized why the organization chose to support Edwin Vargas.

"One of the most important elements of a community is its school system. As a Hartford teacher for over 30, Ed Vargas has an extensive knowledge of Hartford Schools. In addition, his community involvement, work with students, parents, teachers, and city leaders make Ed Vargas THE person to lead this great City of Hartford. The Hartford Federation of Teachers is proud to support Ed Vargas for Mayor of Hartford."

Education has been one of the main issues voters have focused on as Edwin Vargas and his wife, Sylvia knock on doors in Hartford daily. While admitting that this will be no easy task, Vargas affirmed that together, as a community, the city of Hartford collectively can make Education a priority.

"It will not be easy, but together, parents, teachers, administrators and our community can work together to raise our graduation rate, strengthen our education system and impart to our young people the importance of education. We may have our differences at times, but we must find common ground and put the educational needs of our kids first. I am truly grateful for the support of so many wonderful educators," Vargas concluded.


Reprinted with permission of the CityLine blog of the Hartford Courant. To view other stories on this topic, search the CityLine at http://blogs.courant.com/cityline/ and the Hartford Courant Archives at http://www.courant.com/archives.
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