Becky Ellis, Reading School District
Becky is running for Reading School Board because she wants to increase school safety, prevent bullying, and make sure all students have a good experience while learning. She believes a positive school experience will lead to children growing up, graduating, and finding work in the Reading community. Becky has a history of public service; she worked for the Commonwealth assisting people in obtaining benefits. In her endorsement interview, she spoke about the importance unions have in growing the middle class, supported raising the minimum wage and working with other elected officials to improve the Reading economy.
Andrea Jefferson, Clerk of Courts
Andrea worked in the Berks County Clerk of Court Office for thirteen years before retiring. During her time at the office, she saw employee morale go down, and she realized there were more efficient ways to operate the office. During her endorsement interview, she showed support for unions. Andrea was one of the first members to join AFSCME when her worksite organized. As Clerk of Courts, she will work to improve office morale by working with AFSCME and Human Resources to improve office efficiency.
Jaime Arroyo, Lancaster City Council
Jaime currently works at ASSETS as the Director of Impact Investments. He assists women and minority business owners in obtaining financial training. Jaime is running for City Council to strengthen the community. As a council member, he will increase safety and ensure everyone can take part in the growing downtown economy. Jaime wanted to earn SEIU Local 668’s endorsement after hearing President Steve Catanese give a presentation about unions. As an elected official, Jaime will advocate for policies that benefit workers.
Hobie Crystle, Lancaster County District Attorney
As a lawyer, Hobie defends clients in criminal and civil rights cases. Hobie believes the criminal justice system is broken and not fairly serving families in the community. As District Attorney, Hobie will work to end the punitive cash bail system. He believes that individuals with mental illness should have access to treatment and recovery. Hobie will fight for justice and equality for every person in Lancaster County.
Teddy Manual Vasquez, Manheim Township School Board
Teddy is a current SEIU Local 668 member and was a member organizer during the Together We Rise Campaign. In the 2018 midterm election, Teddy worked with Lancaster Stands Up and canvassed for the Jess King Campaign. He chose to run for the School Board to ensure that all students have a positive educational experience. During his endorsement interview, Teddy spoke about the importance of teaching children how to advocate for themselves and committed to helping to reduce school bullying. Teddy wants to make sure a school environment is a safe place for children to grow.