FRANKFORT — KEPAC, the political action committee of the Kentucky Education Association, has voted to endorse State Rep. Rick Nelson for Kentucky treasurer.
The organization represents 42,000 public school teachers and classified public school employees, retirees and pre-service teachers. “Rick Nelson is a retired school teacher. He understands what it means to be a teacher in the classroom and what life is like after retirement,” said Stephanie Winkler, the president of KEA and a KEPAC contributor.
“Kentucky’s state treasurer sits on the board of trustees of KTRS. Rep. Nelson will be a tremendous asset in that role.” Winkler added, “We know that he will continue the great oversight of KTRS we have seen in the past and that he will be dedicated to keeping our pension systems on track to provide benefits well into the future.”
Nelson said, “I am honored that the Kentucky Education Association has endorsed me for Kentucky Treasurer. I was a proud member of KEA for 29 years and this endorsement is very meaningful to me.”
In April 2014 KEA-Retired presented Nelson its prestigious “Friend of Education Award” for his long service to the commonwealth as a tireless champion of education and educators. Nelson has served in the Kentucky House of Representatives for 15 years. He is a vice chair of the House Standing Committee on Education and chair of the House Standing Committee on Labor and Industry.
Winkler said, “During his distinguished service to the people of the Commonwealth, Rep. Nelson has been a great friend of students, educators and public schools.” The Jefferson County Teachers Association and Better Schools Kentucky have also endorsed Rick Nelson.