UnifiEd Forms PAC

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

- A new nonprofit organization, UnifiEd Action, and a political action committee, UnifiEd Action PAC, have been created to inform and lobby local officials on community-driven public education initiatives.

The PAC will support pro-public schools candidates in local elections in 2018. The PAC filed its registration with the Hamilton County Election Commission on Monday.

“Ensuring every child in this county has an equal chance at future success is going to take meaningful policy change,” said Paul Brock, President of UnifiEd Action. “The community has made its priorities clear through the Pact for Public Education, and continues to define its priorities through the Action Plan for Educational Excellence (APEX) Project.

“Getting policies implemented will require sharing information and lobbying the Hamilton County Commission and the Board of Education, which UnifiEd Action will be able to do as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.”

UnifiEd was founded in 2014. Officials said, "As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, its focus has been on educating the community on ways to support and improve public education for all students. UnifiEd Action and the PAC will further the organization’s mission by lobbying for policy change and supporting candidates for public office."

“It’s crucial to ensure officials who are committed to meaningful change in our schools are elected at every level of local office,” said Lorie Runge, president of UnifiEd Action PAC. “This PAC will support incumbents and candidates who are ready to take bold action to ensure a brilliant future for every child in Hamilton County.” 



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