What do you recommend?

A friend of mine recently recommended a new show to watch on a streaming channel. Although it sounded like something I would like, I chose not to start it because I didn’t want to be pulled into another series. I tend to stay up late watching TV after I get home from work, typically after 8 or 9 p.m. most nights. I enjoy just sitting and unwinding after all the family has gone to bed. There is not a lot of “quiet time” in my home.

I live with my husband Mike, my daughter, her boyfriend, and four of my 10 grandkids (18-year-old twins, a 6-year-old, and a two-year-old). Our multi-generational home is a choice we made because my husband has significant health issues.

Numerous medical experts have recommended that we keep a watchful eye on Mike. As a family, we acted on this recommendation. Even with my busy schedule, we all take turns as a family making sure he is well-cared for and never left alone for long periods of time.

Just as with other recommendations we’re given, it is our choice whether we accept it or ignore it. It is a suggestion. Recommendations can be off the cuff, some come as advice and others are simply opinions.

We receive recommendations every day. Flipping through TV channels or scrolling through social media, we are inundated by opinions and ads for seemingly everything. Oddly enough, sometimes all I have to do is think about something and a similar product or ad will pop up in my social media feed or on my television screen.

In this May edition of The Voice, we have included a list of NSEA’s recommended candidates in this year’s Primary Election. Each year I send an email to NSEA members to share candidate recommendations and explain the education issue-based process by which candidates are evaluated.

Each year I receive a few questions and some concerns about our recommendations.

NSEA’s recommendations for candidates are a member-led process resulting in a vote of the interview committee and a board of leaders. All have been duly elected to represent you, our members.

NSEA’s local and district leaders are involved in the process. Each set of elected positions has its own guidelines, similar but not identical depending on the election. The work of approving the guidelines is done by NSEA’s Government Relations Committee.

  • Questionnaires are developed and revised for each election year based on NSEA’s stance on issues such as: supporting public education, service to students, as well as supporting collective bargaining and benefits for educators.  
  • Every candidate who has filed receives a questionnaire.
  • Member interview teams are selected based on the election area represented.
  • Diverse representation is sought reflecting geographic, self-identified ethnic members and political party affiliation.
  • Member-led teams interview candidates and vote on a recommendation to forward to the elected board of members.

NSEA has provided candidate recommendations for many years, and it will continue to do so with the guidance of our members through a very specific and comprehensive process. Our history shows a process that produces balanced recommendations for candidates who are registered Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. In the past 20 years, NSEA has recommended 44% Republicans, 53% Democrats, and 3% Independents for the legislature.

My columns this year have focused on inclusion, common ground, and relationships. NSEA’s candidate recommendations strive to balance all three of those areas by following our Association’s resolutions, guidelines and recommendation process.