House District 24 Democratic candidate David Olds has announced that he is being endorsed by the Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE). Olds is challenging incumbent Republican state Rep. Jeff Hale in the Nov. 7 general election.
MAE President Erica Jones said in the news release announcement that Olds has demonstrated support for students, educators, and public schools.
“I receive this honor with pride and a tremendous sense of responsibility,” Olds said. “I will honor the trust that the MAE membership has placed upon me. I am and will remain an advocate for Mississippi public schools.”
This endorsement aligns with a recent statement from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
“The Mississippi AFL-CIO and our affiliated unions believe in standing with our members, community, and political leaders who help working families,” said Michael Hodges AFL-CIO State Campaign Director. “Our dedication to Mississippi will not waver when it comes to laws that protect workers and their families. We firmly believe David Olds will help us create a better future for our community.”
This statement includes the support from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
Olds’ platform is called “Invest in the People”. This platform consists of Investing in the talents of the people of Mississippi and giving them opportunities for a better quality of life.
“I believe in investments that offer a high rate of return,” Olds said in a statement. “Nothing is more important nor offers a higher rate of return than investing in the people of DeSoto County and of Mississippi.”
Olds said his platform is based on Healthcare, Public Education, Infrastructure, Ballot Initiative and Safe Communities. It includes: 100 percent fully funding our public school systems based on the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), the State Public Educations Board and the state Constitution, advocating for a Vocational Route for special needs students and students with low proficiencies that will keep them in school and put them in the workforce, support for retired educators and other retired state employees being allowed to draw their retirement while serving in the Legislature.