EMPAC proudly endorses Dale Folwell for re-election

Jan 17, 2020

The statewide leadership of SEANC’s political action committee, EMPAC, recently voted to endorse State Treasurer Dale Folwell for re-election in the 2020 General Election.

EMPAC endorsed Folwell in the 2016 election, and since his first day in office he has been a staunch advocate for state employees and retirees. He has always been willing to lend a collaborative ear to SEANC’s concerns involving the retirement system, State Health Plan and protecting the interests of our members.

“Dale Folwell is a rare candidate who follows through on what he says he’ll do in the campaign,” said Statewide EMPAC Chairman Mark Dearmon. “He is a tireless advocate for protecting our members’ retirement security and health plan. We proudly support him for re-election, and look forward to working with him to continue to better the lives of state employees and retirees.”

When he took office, Folwell promised to cut unnecessary spending on Wall Street fees paid by the retirement system. He made good on that promise by cutting more than $500 million in fees from the plan in his first year, and worked to cut risky investments with the plan. Today, the pension system is one of the best in the country.

He put his career on the line for us in last year’s fight over the Clear Pricing Project, which would bring transparency and cost savings to the State Health Plan. The big health care machine showed its true colors by enacting a boycott rather than sign on to the much-needed reforms. Folwell was able to get more than 25,000 providers in the state to sign on to the plan, which ties reimbursement rates to Medicare rates.

We are confident he will continue to fight for working families in his next term as State Treasurer.