Brathwaite, Stokes Receive County Educators Endorsement

Yesterday, the Atlantic County Council of Education Associations (ACCEA) endorsed Democratic Freeholder candidates Brenda Brathwaite and Steve Stokes.

"There are many issues affecting education in our county. I will serve on the Board of Chosen Freeholders as an educational advocate, bringing a strong voice and common-sense solutions to those concerns," said Brathwaite, a teacher in the Atlantic City School District. "Serving on the Freeholder Board will allow me to address the needs of students outside of the classroom so they can come to school ready to learn and reach their greatest potential."

"Atlantic County's teachers are the backbone of our region, preparing the next generation for the workforce," said Stokes, am Army veteran and Union carpenter who beat incumbent Freeholder and educator Rich Dase, Jr. for the endorsement. "I am honored that our local teachers have the faith in me to get the job done for Atlantic County's families."

If elected, Brathwaite and Stokes will work tirelessly to improve the well-being of children in Atlantic County. Just recently, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) ranked Atlantic County 20th out of 21 counties for childrens' overall well-being.

The ACCEA conducted its endorsement screening with county candidates Tuesday morning. In addition to the ACCEA endorsement, Steve Stokes also received the endorsement of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO earlier this year.