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Clark County teacher's union backs Roberson in lieutenant governor bid

Republican Senate leader Michael Roberson on June 5, 2017. Photo David Calvert/The Nevada Independent.

The Clark County Education Association is backing Republican Michael Roberson in his run for lieutenant governor, citing him as a “strong ally” for education.

In a release sent Thursday, the union said it made decisions on who to endorse based on records and not party affiliation, and cited Senate Minority Leader Roberson’s work on “key” education bills including the $1.1 billion in new and extended taxes approved by 2015 Legislature and Roberson that primarily funded K-12 education programs. It also cited his support of “dedicated funding” for teacher salaries, the 2015 Clark County School District reorganization bill and support for the state’s “Commerce Tax” on business revenue exceeding $4 million.

“He has a strong track record of leadership, and has demonstrated a longterm commitment to education and educators in Nevada,” the union wrote in a release announcing the endorsement.

Roberson and union leader John Vellardita are known to have a close relationship — Roberson told The Nevada Independent in 2017 that “John is the rare leader who reaches out and works with both sides of the aisle and he has no problem calling BS when he sees it, irrespective of party affiliation.”

The Nevada State Education Association, which had its ties with the Southern Nevada union cut in April, endorsed Democrat Kate Marshall in the lieutenant governor’s race in January.

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