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The city’s largest union, the Newton Teachers Association, has just endorsed Alicia Bowman in her efforts to win a ward 6 at large city council seat. That may be great for Bowman.  But — considering that candidates have until July 23 to pull papers —  what’s the hurry for the NTA or any other organization that endorses candidates before the entire field of candidates in known?

I get it when an individual endorses a personal friend or contact.  But this large scale rush for endorsements has always puzzled me. If I was an member of the NTA, I’d wonder why my leadership felt it was so important to endorse now, rather than wait and see who else might enter?







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