U.S. Senate candidate Martha Coakley announced in Brookline Monday that she has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the American Federation of Teachers of Massachusetts.
Coakley announced the endorsements at Brookline's Baker School where she and her former opponent Alan Khazei spoke to 8th grade students about the importance of civic engagement, according to Coakley's campaign.
"I am honored to have the support of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts, and I look forward to working as U.S. Senator with teachers across Massachusetts to prepare our students to be thoughtful, productive, active citizens," Coakley said in a press release Monday.
Both unions had endorsed U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano prior to the Democratic Primary on Dec. 8. But Coakley beat Capuano, Khazei and Steve Pagliuca to secure the Democratic nomination. She will now face Republican nominee Scott Brown in the general election in January.
In a press release Monday, MTA President Anne Wass said Coakley is a strong, progressive, intelligent candidate with a great deal of integrity and a strong grasp of education and labor issues.
"She has been an excellent attorney general, and we believe she will also be a superb United States senator who is worthy of holding the seat occupied for so long by the late Ted Kennedy," Wass said.