High Desert Teachers Support Democrat Chris Bubser for Congress
Hesperia, Apple Valley, Victorville Teachers and Administrators
Call Bubser the Public Education Ally in CA-08 Race
February 27, Victorville, CA -- The campaign of Chris Bubser announced today that she has received the endorsements of the Apple Valley United Teachers Association, the Hesperia Teachers Association, and the President of the Victor Valley Union High School District Board, Penny Edmiston, among other education leaders. This local show of enthusiasm for Bubser’s campaign bolsters her as the preferred congressional candidate among teachers in the High Desert, where the majority of district residents live. Bubser recently received the endorsement of the California Federation of Teachers, which represents 120,000 teachers statewide.
"Apple Valley teachers are proud to endorse Chris Bubser for Congress," said Apple Valley United Teachers Association President Kristy Croft. "We are impressed with Chris's commitment to public education and to ensuring that young people and their families have access to the services and resources they need to thrive in the High Desert. As public school teachers we see every day the incredible potential of our children, as well as the profound challenges too many of them face. We see in Chris a true ally for teachers and children and look forward to her leadership in Congress on behalf of our communities."
Local public educators and leaders in the area expressed their conviction that Bubser is an ally of teachers, students and families, and an advocate for the the benefits of high-quality public education.
Penny Edmiston, President of the Victor Valley Union High School District Board, and a fourth-grade teacher herself, said: “I am endorsing Chris because she shares my vision of quality public education across the High Desert. She will work to strengthen public education, expand healthcare affordability, and protect the environment; these are vital to enable all children to thrive and succeed.”
Clayton Moore, Trustee of the Board of the Victor Elementary School District, and a substitute teacher himself, said: "I'm endorsing Chris because we share the same priorities for the High Desert: strengthening public education, defending our environment, fighting climate change, and protecting veterans' services, Medicare, and Social Security."
Seta Ghazarian, an English teacher at Hesperia High School and formerly at Sultana High School, said, “I have come to know Chris well over the course of her campaign. She cares deeply about the children and families of our district and making sure all of our young people get the solid start they deserve, and understands the key to that is well-rounded and well-resourced public education. Chris also understands that teachers need to have the right tools to succeed, including manageable class sizes, well-trained support staff, and the latest educational technology and best practices. I’m thrilled with the Hesperia Teachers Association's decision to endorse Chris.”
Caleb Castaneda, the newest member of the Victor Valley Union High School District Board, and a professor at Victor Valley College, said: “As a parent of school-aged children and a VVC professor, I know that Chris Bubser is the only candidate that will fight to make sure that students and teachers have access to the resources they need to succeed, so that parents like myself can rest assured their children are getting a great education in our local public schools.”
“I come from a family of public school educators and I am a product of a public education,” said Bubser. “There is nothing more important or fundamental to the future success of our children, our communities, or our country than investing in a strong public education system and the teachers who we entrust everyday with our kids’ development and safety. By valuing our teachers and investing in our schools we can ensure a more vibrant economy for the High Desert and across the 8th district.”
Bubser’s main Republican challengers have dismal education records. Assemblymember Jay Obernolte has an anemic 50% rating from the California Federation of Teachers, which reflects how Obernolte failed to protect students and teachers by voting to make it easier for private citizens with no training to carry guns on school property. Tim Donnelly, on the other hand, withdrew his children from public school in 2014 and actually supports cutting funding for public schools, saying “The Department of Education needs to be dismantled and abolished.”
The 8th Congressional District stretches along much of California’s eastern border, and includes parts of San Bernardino County, and all of Inyo and Mono counties. The district includes, among others, the communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Bishop, Hesperia, Highland, Lone Pine, Mammoth Lakes, Needles, Trona, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, Yucaipa, and Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks.