The Education Political Action Committee (EdPAC) is created in NEA-NM governing documents to carry out the political action program of the Association. The committee is elected by vote of the general membership from regions in proportion to the NEA-NM membership in the region. Under the guidelines approved by the EdPAC:
NEA-New Mexico members of the EdPAC interview, examine questionnaires, or examine voting records of all candidates for legislative, statewide and federal office, before recommending them to the membership.
The NEA-NM Board of Directors makes final recommendations on statewide candidates and makes recommendations to the NEA fund for Children and Public Education for federal candidates.
The criteria used to evaluate candidates come from the legislative program and resolutions approved by the NEA-New Mexico Delegate Council.
The criteria make sure candidates must 'measure up' by demonstrating commitment to:
strengthening public education;
ensuring children's health and safety;
maximizing student learning; and
respecting school employees.
NEA-New Mexico's 'measure up' criteria are nonpartisan.
All campaign contributions given to candidates are voluntary political contributions given by members for that purpose. They are collected and maintained separately from dues.
The process is member driven. All participants are democratically elected, representing all regions of New Mexico, proportionate to their membership in the Association.
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