Declaration of Candidacy

NEA Representative Assembly 2021

Denver, CO
July 2-6, 2021

Missouri’s delegate allocation will be made based on membership as of January 2021. Last year, Missouri was allowed to elect 23 state delegates to the NEA RA. Delegates are elected in two categories:  

  • Category I:  Active members who are teachers, education support professionals and other active members not serving as supervisors or administrators.
  • Category II:  Active members who are supervisors or administrators.

For more than 20 years, Missouri NEA has demonstrated the strength of its leadership diversity by electing racial and ethnic minority delegates to the NEA RA in proportion to the minority populations in our state. To continue this achievement we must strive to actively identify and recruit racial and ethnic minority members to run for state delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly.  

Aspiring Educators-Missouri delegates will be elected in the spring. If you are a member of Aspiring Educators and interested in running for delegate, contact Patrick Layden to declare your candidacy. 

Retired delegates will be elected at their Annual Meeting in April. If you are a retired member, contact Chastity Young to declare your candidacy. 

The deadline to declare your candidacy for the NEA RA election is Friday, Jan. 15, 2021For more information about the NEA RA or to declare your candidacy by mail, contact, contact Roxane Bly ( at (573) 644-9606.

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Candidates should include a statement of no more than 100 words and a photograph of yourself, preferably a head shot. The statement should take one of three forms: a summary of biographical information and MNEA experience written in the third person, a personal statement written in the first person, or a combination of the two. The statement and photograph will appear on the state ballot.

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MNEA will not make any editorial changes to your statement, unless it is more than 100 words, in which case the submission will be truncated at the 100-word point.

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Even though we are not at school supporting Missouri students, members continue to help every day during this crisis. MNEA wants to share your stories as we struggle through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are hearing about members who are continuing to care for their students by

  • volunteering at school district Grab & Go meal distribution centers and food drives
  • providing child care for essential medical staff
  • shopping for the elderly so they don’t have to leave the safety of their homes

Your stories help show that educators don’t stop caring. Please send your stories with pictures to MNEA at, so we can share them. You can post to social media, making sure you tag @MissouriNEA and use the hashtags  #MNEAheroes and  #MNEAprotects.