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Teachers' Association Endorses Perdue for Governor

Posted September 30, 2007 10:23 a.m. EDT
Updated September 30, 2007 8:36 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Association of Educators announced on Saturday its endorsement of current-Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue to be the state's next governor.

A majority of the 70,000-member NCAE voted to support Purdue, a former public school teacher.

“Bev Perdue has been NCAE’s partner in the effort to improve public education in North Carolina for years. She is a committed, determined leader whose record of support for teachers and the profession is second to none,” NCAE president Eddie Davis said.

The NCAE called Perdue "instrumental" in raising state teacher pay from ranking 43rd nationally to 21st while she was Senate budget chair. NCAE officials praised her support of early childhood education, high school reform and affordable college education.

Perdue is fighting State Treasurer Richard Moore to become the Democratic nominee for governor in the fall 2008 election. Despite some already acrimonious exchanges with Moore, her campaign doesn't officially kick off until Monday.

Among Republicans, Salisbury attorney Bill Graham, former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr and state Sen. Fred Smith are running.