The Davenport Education Association and Bettendorf Education Association have made their picks for the candidates they would like to see on their respective school boards after the Tuesday, Sept. 10, elections.

In Davenport, the teachers union has thrown its support behind incumbent Rich Clewell and newcomers Maria Dickmann and Jamie Snyder.

Incumbent Patt Zamora and retired teacher Elaine Kresse also are on the ballot.

Association President Rebecca Menard said in a news release that all of the candidates care about kids and the welfare of the district.

"However, we believe Maria Dickmann, Jamie Snyder and Richard Clewell have the best interest of our members at heart," Menard said.

In Bettendorf, the teachers union has endorsed incumbent Pepper Trahan and newcomers Gordon Staley and Roy Leonard.

Also running in the election are incumbents Betsy Justis and Scott Tinsman Jr., as well as Jeff Rohwer and David Wells.

In a news release, association President Rodger Wilming said Trahan, Staley and Leonard will "serve the students, teachers and citizens" of both the school district and the school board.

"They have the beliefs and philosophies to take the Bettendorf Community School District to the next level," Wilming said.

Both associations interviewed each candidate last month on such topics as their stance on staff and administration relationships, standardized testing and ties to teacher evaluations, and the right to collective bargaining.

The Bettendorf and Davenport Education associations are the exclusive bargaining representatives for teachers and school nurses. In Bettendorf, the association represents 287 professional-level employees. In Davenport, the association represents 1,115 employees.

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I hope that Ms. Menard misspoke. I would hope they support the candidates that have the best interest of the students at heart. It is important to support the teachers, and I do, but every decision a board member makes should be about the kids.

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