Lindsay credits teachers' votes as difference in tight 8th District primary win
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette Mail
After a narrow, 325-vote margin of victory Tuesday in the 8th Senatorial District Democratic primary, Charleston lawyer Richard Lindsay credited district teachers for putting him over the top.
"Teachers and school service personnel made the difference," said Lindsay, who was endorsed by the political action arms of both state teachers' unions. "The idea that teachers would fade away into the background after the walkout I don't think is going to be the case."
Lindsay said he believes the concerns raised by teachers during the nine-day statewide walkout - stagnant pay and increasing health insurance costs - resonated with working families across the district and the state.
"People are working just as hard, but are seeing changes in their benefits, and not growth in their paychecks," he said.
During the campaign, Lindsay argued that the Legislature's theory that cutting business taxes would spur economic growth has proven to be a failure, at the expense of the state's working class families.
"I've always been for working people, working families, and pro-union," he said.
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