The Manatee County teachers union has endorsed Dave "Watchdog" Miner and Linda Schaich for seats on the county school board.
On its website, the Manatee Education Association's political arm, MEA/TIGER, lists its specific reasons for supporting each candidate in the Aug. 14 elections.
Miner is running against three other candidates -- including two teachers -- for the District 2 seat now held by Harry Kinnan. Among other reasons, the union says Miner is the best choice because of his long involvement in education issues, his opposition to the FCAT and other high-stakes testing and his experience in challenging the school board and administration.
The other District 2 candidates are William Chaltis, Robert Moates and Paul Sharff.
In District 4, Schaich is challenging incumbent Bob Gause. The MEA said it endorsed Schaich because of her background in finance, her record of challenging the school board and administration and "tenacity" in pursuing questions about school spending.
For a detailed look at the union's explanation of its endorsements, go here.