Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205, the labor organization representing support employees working in the Metro Nashville Public Schools, announced the names of candidates the organization will be supporting in the School Board elections to be held on August 2, 2018.
In the race for school board District 2, SEIU Local 205 endorsed Jesse Gentry, a lawyer and advocate for children. “It was clear that Jesse will always put the interests of the children ahead of anything else, and that is what we need in a board member,” said James Brown, a computer network engineer for the district and the union’s chief steward.
In District 6, the union is supporting Tyese Hunter who is running for re-election. “Tyese has been a vocal advocate of greater funding for the school system,” said Recco Seay Sr., an restorative justice assistant and SEIU member. “Mrs. Hunter worked hard to make sure that support staff are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, and we know she will continue to do that.”
In District 8, SEIU Local 205 endorsed Gini Pupo-Walker, a community organizer and former educator. “Gini has extensive experience in the school system and outside of it and will bring great leadership and professionalism to the board,” said SEIU member Lilldeus Russell, a paraprofessional in MNPS. “She has consistently been an advocate for equity in our schools and we need more voices like that on the board.”
In District 4, the incumbent Anna Shepard is running unopposed. The members of Local 205 thank Anna for her service and look forward to working with her for another term.
Election Day for the school board races will be on Thursday, August 2. Complete information on early voting dates and voting locations is available from the Davidson County Election Commission at 615-862-8800.
SEIU Local 205 represents support employees working in the Metro Nashville Public Schools and has since 2001. Members come from nearly every department in the district and include school secretaries, cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, education assistants, campus supervisors, maintenance workers, crossing guards and others who play a role in shaping the lives of children in Davidson County.