NEA New Hampshire endorses Jim Craig for Congress

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jean Weinberg

603.203.8557

Organization Cites Jim’s Strong Voting Record on Education

in New Hampshire’s State House

(August 29, 2006) —Today, Congressional Candidate Jim Craig received the endorsement of NEA New Hampshire. The working families and teachers that make up NEA NH stand behind Jim Craig’s candidacy for congress in New Hampshire’s First District . In the State House Jim Craig has consistently supported education, for example Jim Craig voted against eliminating Reading Recovery programs in 65 school districts. Jim Craig also voted against cutting $4 million from the Best Schools Initiative, thus eliminating the program.

“I am very proud to receive the support of the hardworking members of NEA,” Jim said. “ Because my wife and daughter are both teachers, I know first hand the importance of teachers’ work. I believe in the power of investing in and improving our education system. I will always make the working families of New Hampshire my priority. The working families of this district need a fair voice in Congress; you can count on me to be that voice.”

“NEA New Hampshire is proud to endorse Jim Craig because he knows the important role teachers play in New Hampshire’s families,” said President , NEA New Hampshire, Karen McDonough. “Jim Craig knows better than anyone the commitment and dedication it takes to be a teacher. He remains committed to fighting for teachers and for making education a top priority.”

Jim Craig, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District, is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and his roots in the Granite State stretch for five generations. As a veteran of the US Army, he worked for his law degree with the help from the GI Bill and joined his family's law practice. For over 20 years, he has promoted the health and well being of families by serving on non-profit community boards. He was elected to the New Hampshire State House in 1998 and now serves as Democratic Leader. While in Concord, he worked tirelessly to create bipartisan, practical solutions for the state. As leader, he created a labor caucus that addresses working families' concerns.