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Finch, Rickel earn KNEA backing

By The Herald Staff | 7/16/2014

TOPEKA — Supporting Kansas schools isn’t a partisan issue, the state’s largest teachers union said in issuing its primary election season endorsements Tuesday.

The Kansas National Education Association endorsed incumbent state Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, in his bid for re-election, as well as college student Miranda Rickel, D-Garnett, in her bid to unseat incumbent state Rep. Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville.

TOPEKA — Supporting Kansas schools isn’t a partisan issue, the state’s largest teachers union said in issuing its primary election season endorsements Tuesday.

The Kansas National Education Association endorsed incumbent state Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, in his bid for re-election, as well as college student Miranda Rickel, D-Garnett, in her bid to unseat incumbent state Rep. Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville.

KNEA endorsed 103 candidates — 73 Democrats and 30 Republicans — in the Aug. 5 primary.

Finch is facing Bob Fluke, R-Ottawa. Rickel received the endorsement despite not having opposition in the primary.

The recommendation process was rigorous and member-driven, Mark Desetti, KNEA director of political advocacy, said. Incumbent candidates also are judged based on their records of support for public schools, the group said.

“Candidates are asked to participate in an interview process with a team of educators who reside in the candidate’s district,” Desetti said. “From those interviews we look at a broad scope of factors to determine which candidates show the greatest support for Kansas public schools.”

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