Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Michelle Lujan Grisham

Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Michelle Lujan Grisham

Michelle Lujan Grisham

This November’s elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, who is running for governor.

Here are some of the key reasons why Grisham is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

  • She wants to bring together unions, businesses, universities and community leaders to help coordinate development in industries that have potential for real growth.

  • Grisham wants to create centers of excellence at universities that will help bring industries to the state and create jobs.

  • She wants to invest money to accelerate the state’s development of a green energy workforce.

  • She will invest in the state’s Permanent School Fund to expand early childhood classrooms, creating jobs for teachers and educational assistants.

  • Grisham wants to fast-track investments in the state’s infrastructure, including modernization for water and transport systems and expanded broadband access.

  • She wants to expand investments in apprenticeships, internships, workforce development and online learning opportunities.

  • Grisham will pursue a comprehensive plan to attract foreign development investment in the state.

  • She wants to put more money in classrooms and expand career technical education programs.

  • She wants to invest in universal pre-kindergarten.

  • Grisham wants to increase pay for teachers, administrators and education personnel. She also wants to improve programs for preparation, mentoring and high-quality professional development.

  • She wants to establish a skills training program that focuses on the current and future needs of employers and trains working people to meet those needs.

  • Grisham wants to improve child care access by linking it to workforce development programs.

  • She wants to create programs that will help reduce debt for young workers.

  • She will fight against gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

  • Grisham will be diligent in enforcing equal pay for women in state agencies and vendors.

To learn more about Grisham, visit her website.

Kenneth Quinnell
Fri, 09/28/2018 – 08:10

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Updated: October 4, 2018 — 9:28 am