The Quad-City Federation of Labor announced Monday its endorsements for the Sept. 12 school board elections in Davenport and Bettendorf.

The federation picked three candidates in Davenport. It endorsed a single candidate in Bettendorf.

Both school districts will see a robust ballot for the elections, with seven people running in Bettendorf and six in Davenport.

The federation endorsed Allison Beck, Elliott Grier and Rodney Blackwell in the Davenport race. It endorsed Richard Lynch in the Bettendorf race. The federation praised the four candidates' commitment to education, as well as noting their union backgrounds or support for collective bargaining and working people.

Beck works at Black Hawk College and is a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1836. Grier is an engineer whose household includes a member of the Iowa State Education Association, the state teachers union. Blackwell is vice president of the Communications Workers of America, Local 7110.

Lynch is a professor at St. Ambrose University.

The federation did not announce any endorsements in the other school board races in the county.

There are three seats each open in Davenport and Bettendorf.

Four candidates are running for three seats in the North Scott Community School District.

Two candidates are seeking the District 2 seat on the Pleasant Valley School Board, while the candidates in the two other districts on the ballot, the 1st and 7th, have no opposition.

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