Republican Amos Thomas of Brazil, candidate for State Representative in House District 44, has won endorsement of the local and state political action committees of the Indiana State Teachers Association. The local West Central and Sycamore Political Action Committees represent ISTA members in Putnam, Vigo, Clay, and Parke Counties.
ISTA Uniserv Director Chad hunter said, "Amos Thomas impressed teachers with his knowledge of and commitment to public education issues. Additionally, Amos Thomas is a strong supporter of protecting property taxpayers and keeping the major funding obligations for schools at the state level."
Thomas, an attorney in Brazil, indicated, "I'm delighted to receive teachers' official support. There are many teachers in my immediate and extended family, and they impress on me daily the needs of our students and schools."
Teachers interviewed both candidates before giving Thomas their official stamp of approval. Chad Hunter said, "We want the legislature to concentrate resources on programs that work for students and local communities."
Thomas agreed. "For our communities to compete for job creation and expansion, we must be attractive to young families. That means our schools must be competitive. I'm committed to a quality education for every child including; early childhood education opportunities such as full-day kindergarten, smaller class-sizes, remedial education for each student who needs it and drop-out prevention programs to promote higher graduation rates."