Endorsements are a pretty big part of any political campaign for two reasons. They recommend to all of their members who to vote for and they sometimes give you money to help you along. With the KNEA (Kansas National Education Association) it plays an even bigger role because education is a central part of my vision for Kansas’ future. I wanted them on my side as partners. Thankfully, it appears that they are.
Here’s how it works.
They send out a monstrous survey to all the candidates asking them what their opinions are on a wide variety of issues that affect schools and education. You fill it out and then bring it with you to an interview. I showed up without mine, though.
I went to the KNEA headquarters and sat at a big table with eight representatives from their group, all of whom are teachers. Since I didn’t have my questions with me, I just talked about where I want Kansas to be in 12 years and asked them questions on what they need to make to make it happen. My 15 minute interview became an hour-long brainstorming and strategy session. Afterward, I emailed them my answers to their questions. A week later I got an answer: I’m endorsed!