The Quad-City Federation of Labor has announced its candidate picks for the Sept. 10 school board election in Bettendorf and Davenport.
In a news release Thursday, the federation endorsed Bettendorf candidate Roy Leonard, 66, for his experience in both management and union situations that is shared by no other candidate and brings a “common sense, roll up your shirt-sleeves and get to work approach to the board."
Leonard, incumbents Pepper Trahan, Betsy Justis and Scott Tinsman Jr. and newcomers Gordon Staley, Jeff Rohwer and David Wells are running to fill three, four-year seats on the board.
In Davenport, the federation endorsed incumbent Patt Zamora, 74, Maria Dickmann, 25, and Elaine Kresse, 72.
The organization said in its news release that Zamora’s work on the board has been “exemplary.” The federation said it welcomed Dickmann’s entry into politics and “hope other young people will be inspired by her leadership to get involved in public service and the democratic process.”
Kresse, a retired teacher, was described by the federation as someone who believes a strong district is one that offers living-wage jobs to its staff.
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"It’s a difficult task to ask students to work hard to achieve success when every day they see hard working support staff in the district hardly surviving on just above minimum wage wages," according to the release.
The three are running for three, four-year seats on the board against incumbent Rich Clewell and newcomer Jamie Snyder.
The federation also endorsed Muscatine School Board candidate Randy Nabor.