A leader in education, Shelly Moore, has stepped up to fight for the job of Wisconsin State Senator in District 10. Her opponent is Republican Senator Sheila Harsdorf. A special recall election for the seat is likely slated for July 12th.
What advice would you give teacher and contender Shelly Moore?
Should she stick to a strident pro-union and pro-education message – standing apart and standing for the energy that brought thousands of Wisconsinites to demonstrations?
Or should she choose a softer approach to appeal to a “moderate” voter?
Wisconsin’s Democratic Senators – all 14 of them – left our state to halt Wisconsin Act 10 waking us up and firing us up. By sticking their necks out, those Dems gained new respect. And I believe they’ve gained a wider set of supporters than they could have foreseen.
The Dem 14 set a tough standard, but it’s one we now expect – that Democratic contenders in Wisconsin will be strident, unapologetic, fighters for unions and public education.
Hailing from a family of educators, Shelly Moore, a high school English and drama teacher at Ellsworth Community High School, has 12 years of experience in the classroom. She was elected to the National Education Association (NEA) Board of Directors in 2005.
Moore’s calling is teaching self-confidence and creative expression to students by directing school musicals and plays, as well as coaching forensics and other academic competition teams. She is past president of the state theatre educators association, the Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Education. She also volunteers with local community theatre and arts organizations and at the River Falls domestic and sexual violence shelter.
Moore believes all work on behalf of students and public education is significant and that the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) and NEA cannot rest until all children have equal access to education, a fact that is exemplified by her service to WEAC. She served as an alternate and later as a representative to the WEAC Board of Directors for three years, and was a member of the WEAC Legislative Committee. She has been a delegate to the WEAC Representative Assembly since 2000 and the NEA Representative Assembly since 2002.
She is currently active in the West Central Education Association (WCEA) as a member of its executive board and serves on several WCEA committees. A member of the Ellsworth Education Association, she was president from 2001-2004 and vice president from 1999-2001, and presently serves as local treasurer, a position she has held since 2005.”
Both candidates live in River Falls, Wisconsin.