Democrat gets backing of teachers’ group

The Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), the largest education employee organization in the state, on Tuesday, March 29, announced its endorsement of Democrat Marty Molloy in his bid for the 9th Senatorial District in Delaware and Chester counties.

Marty Molloy

Marty Molloy

Molloy, a nonprofit education executive, is hoping to fill the seat vacated by former state Sen. Dominic Pileggi, who won a judgeship on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in November. Rep. Tom Killion (R-168) earned the unanimous support of Republicans for the April 26 special election.

“With Marty’s background, you might assume that this endorsement was a shoe-in. But we are a bipartisan organization and carefully considered each candidate’s strengths, weaknesses, and their capacity to work to improve education for all children across the state. In the end, we were all united in deciding that Marty was the clear choice to best represent the 9th district in Harrisburg and continue our fight to fully fund education across the state,” Mark Cottom, PSEA PACE Director, Southeast Region, said in a press release.

Malloy said he was proud of this endorsement. “Being a teacher is more than a full-time job – it’s a commitment to doing whatever it takes to make sure young people succeed, both in the classroom and in life - and the members of PSEA know this better than anyone,” Molloy said in the release.

The 39-year-old Nether Providence resident is the director of vocation at YouthBuild, a school that helps at-risk young adults earn high school diplomas and prepare for careers.

“People, perhaps teachers and students most of all, are rightly tired of lip service from career politicians. At home, my wife and I teach our kids to do what they say they will do and follow through on their responsibilities,” Malloy said in the release. “As state senator, teachers, students, and families will always be able to count on me to keep my word and keep fighting for those that need it most.”

The 9th Senatorial District is comprised of the Delaware County boroughs and townships of Aston, Bethel, Brookhaven, Chadds Ford, Chester, Chester Heights, Lower Chichester, Upper Chichester, Concord, Eddystone, Edgemont, Marcus Hook, Middletown, Nether Providence, Parkside, Rose Valley, Thornbury, Trainer, Upland, and the City of Chester, as well as the Chester County boroughs and townships of Birmingham, East Goshen, West Goshen, Kennett, Kennett Square, East Marlborough, Newlin, Pennsbury, Pocopson, Thornbury, and Westtown, with 65 percent of the 9th District voters residing in Delaware County.

PSEA is the largest education employee organization in the state, representing over 180,000 members in all components of the public school system, including public school teachers, education support professionals, staff in state higher education institutions, nurses in health care facilities, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers, the release said.


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