ARROWSIC—State Senate candidate Eloise Vitelli continues to receive strong statewide and local support for her candidacy for State Senate representing District 19, including all of Sagadahoc County and the town of Dresden.

 Earlier this week, the Maine Education Association endorsed Vitelli for State Senate.

 Lois Kilby-Chesley, teacher and President of the MEA said, “As a former pre-school teacher, Eloise Vitelli understands the concerns of all educators.  What’s more, Eloise Vitelli is committed to properly funding our public schools.  The school districts in Senate District 19 have been hammered by the state’s unwillingness to properly fund our schools at 55% as the voters demanded.  The students, parents and educators in Senate District 19 need Eloise Vitelli in Augusta advocating for our schools and our communities.”

 Eloise Vitelli is a former Head Start pre-school teacher who also served for ten years on the Arrowsic School Committee.  She has a graduate degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine.

 Vitelli is also a long-time, well-known advocate for small business and entrepreneurship in Maine having run Women, Work, and Community programs—helping more than 3,000 Mainers start businesses.

 As a leader in economic and business development, Vitelli understands the need for investments in education, beginning with early childhood on through adult learners.

 “Investing in our students, teachers and classrooms is a key priority for me. We know that a healthy economy and a strong state begins with the foundation of our education system and our children,” said Vitelli. “I am proud to have the full faith and confidence of Maine teachers. If elected, I look forward to ensuring proper funding of our public education system.”

 Vitelli also earned the campaign endorsement and strong praise from the Maine State Employees Union, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989.

 MSEA President Ginette Rivard said, “Eloise will stand up to Governor LePage and his extreme ideological agenda that puts the wealthy ahead of working Mainers and she will respect the important work state employees do everyday in delivering high quality services to Maine families.”

 Vitelli is also a current member of the Maine Economic Growth Council and has previously served on the Midcoast Economic Development District.

 “As an advocate of workers and small business owners, I understand the value of good jobs and a hard work ethic. The state workers who every day show up to serve the people of Maine are often the unsung heroes of our state,” said Vitelli. “They are the backbone of state government and do their work with pride and a goal toward service. I am proud to be their choice for State Senate.”

 A special election for Senate District 19 will be held on Tuesday, August 27th.

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