Chautauqua County Council of NYSUT Teacher Presidents endorse Rick Gallant for Congress

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Chautauqua County Council of NYSUT Teacher Presidents (CCCNTP) announced that they have endorsed Rick Gallant and his campaign for Congress in New York's 23rd District.

Shawn Howard, chairman of the CCCNTP said, “The people of the 23rd Congressional District deserve an advocate like Rick Gallant who will fight for the people of his district on issues like public education, health care, and people's right to make a fair wage.” Howard added that the CCCNTP felt it was important to come out early with their endorsement because in a crowded field of candidates, “it’s vital that we rally around the candidate who is best equipped to defeat the entrenched incumbent.”

“I’m grateful to have the support of such a conscientious, hardworking, well-respected group of educators,” said Gallant. “I’m committed to the fight for real change. I will be a strong voice for education and a tireless advocate for the residents of our district.”

About Chautauqua County Council of NYSUT Teacher Presidents (CCCNTP)

The CCCNTP is a group of New York State Teachers United (NYSUT) teacher presidents that meets once per month. Their mission is to strengthen our local associations by networking with other education leaders. The CCCNTP also works toward the betterment of public education.

About Rick Gallant

Rick Gallant is running for Congress as a Democrat in New York's 23rd Congressional District. Raised by a family of educators, Rick Gallant has served as a teacher and basketball coach in the Corning-Painted Post School District for the past 17 years. A former assistant college basketball coach and sportswriter, Rick and his wife, Amy, moved to the area two decades ago and ran a small business running whitewater rafting tours.

Rick took on a leadership role in his union, earning the trust of his peers to serve as President of the Corning Teachers’ Association and now represents 150 local unions from Waverly to Westfield on the Board of Directors for New York State United Teachers, where he fights for teachers, teaching assistants, bus drivers and monitors, custodians, and clerical staff.

Rick is running for Congress because the Southern Tier and Southwestern New York have been left behind by Washington. Tom Reed too often puts his own political party or himself ahead of families while Rick will put people first and work to bring jobs and opportunities back to our region. It’s time the people of New York’s 23rd District had someone who has walked in their shoes and hears their concerns.