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What we asked the candidates

You Decide
When the AFT hosted three of the candidates running for president in 2016 at the union's June 2-3 executive council meeting in Washington, D.C., seven AFT members from around the country got the chance to ask them questions in person. They asked serious, substantive questions about student debt, excessive standardized testing, patient safety, Social Security and more. "We place an extraordinary value on letting our members' voices be heard, so part of any endorsement process is engaging our membership and our leadership," AFT President Randi Weingarten says. In blog posts and videos, the AFT members who participated talk about their experiences.

Read their stories

Chief administrator, N.D. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
North Dakota United
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Bone marrow transplant nurse
Ohio Nurses Association
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Retired teacher
United Federation of Teachers (NY)
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Watch their videos

Middle school English teacher
Saranac Lake (NY) Teachers Association
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Special education paraprofessional
Baltimore Teachers Union
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Career development coordinator
Vermont State Colleges United Professionals
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