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116 South Third Street ∙ Richmond, VA 23219
www.veanea.org ∙ 800-552-9554 (Toll Free) ∙ 804-775-8379 (Fax)
For immediate release: September 1, 2015
Contact: John O’Neil, VEA Communications; JONeil@veanea.org; 804-775-8316
Educators: Yancey’s Misleading Mailer Flunks
House Delegate David Yancey crossed the line this week with a mailer suggesting that he has the backing of the
Virginia Education Association.
As Del. Yancey knows, candidates seeking the recommendation of the VEA Fund for Children and Public
Education complete a questionnaire and are interviewed by local educators. Candidates work very hard for the
opportunity to be recognized by the VEA Fund as the top choice for students and educators.
In August, the VEA Fund recommended Shelly Simonds as the top choice for House District 94. Del. Yancey did
not bother to complete a questionnaire or otherwise participate in the recommendation process.
Yet last week, he sent a mailer to prospective voters stating that he “has received support from the Virginia
Education Association….” He must be alluding to a small payment that the VEA Fund made to attend a reception
fundraiser for Yancey last October.
As educators, we hold ourselves to a high standard of truthfulness and ethical behavior, and we expect no less
of those we stand behind for public office.
Shelly Simonds has earned our recommendation. She is dedicated to restoring funding to local schools lost when
the state cut millions from its budget. She supports efforts to make teaching a more attractive profession, and
she says she will work to curtail excessive reliance on standardized tests. Candidates for public office value the
VEA Fund’s stamp of approval—and rightly so. Public schools are vital to the health of local communities, and
voters want to know what educators think about prospective candidates.
Shelly Simonds is clearly the top candidate for public education in Newport News and the 94th House District.
Del. David Yancey needs to earn the backing of the VEA Fund, not appropriate it.
The Virginia Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education, which is supported by voluntary
donations of VEA members, works to support VEA legislative goals through the election of pro-education
The Virginia Education Association is the state’s premier education organization, comprising more than 50,000
educators across the Commonwealth. Learn more at www.veanea.org or www.goodforvirginia.org.
VEA on Twitter: @VEA4Kids