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ISTA treasurer: Candidate statements

The following statements were prepared by the candidates for the office of ISTA Treasurer. The statement has been printed in its entirety, unabridged, as it was received, but limited to 200 words or fewer. ISTA Rules Governing Elections, (III. A., 2., b. and c.) prohibit the use of Association staff and equipment on behalf of any candidate for Association office. The election for the office listed below will be held at the 2017 ISTA Representative Assembly on May 6 in Indianapolis.


I’m running for ISTA Treasurer to ensure that we are good stewards of our members’ hard-earned dues money and improve our financial stability. As part of leadership, I’ll focus on better serving our members and their locals. I commit to listening to your concerns, seeking solutions, standing with you, and speaking out on your behalf.

I’m a teacher in New Albany-Floyd County Schools (NAFCS) with 24-years experience, a career-long ISTA member, and a passionate advocate for educators and public education. My wife of 29 years, Tiffany, and I have two children: Chloe (25) and Will (21), who grew up in NAFCS. Raised in a union household, I learned about advocacy from my parents’ union involvement.

I’ve served as NAFC Education Association president, vice president, building representative, and bargaining team member. While representing NAFCEA’s 500+ members, I’ve learned the leadership and interpersonal skills to advocate, negotiate, and bring resolution to member concerns. As an ISTA Board of Directors and Executive Committee member, I’ve become familiar with how this organization functions and how I can expand my advocacy on the state level.

Most importantly, together we’ll be the voice that public education, educators, and our kids deserve.

Vote Doug Taylor ISTA Treasurer!


I am Donnie Watkins, and I am running for Treasurer of ISTA. I teach Mathematics and Science in the Southeastern School Corporation of Cass County.

I grew up in a union household in Wabash, Indiana. My parents were active in their unions and impressed upon me the value of that membership. As a result, I too value my membership in ISTA. I am a first generation graduate of Manchester University. I am one of ten relatives that are educators in public schools. The most recent being my youngest daughter.

My professional career spans forty years. I have been President in my local for many of those years. My local is a small local in the northern half of the state. As President, I have had many duties: negotiations, discussion, evaluation, health insurance, and Sick Bank. I did not have the privilege of delegating those duties to a first or second vice-president. These experiences are valuable as ISTA Treasurer.

As Treasurer, my number one commitment is one of Fiscal Fairness. I pledge that my stewardship of the ISTA’s money - your money, the money of your members - will be carried out with a renewed commitment of transparency and accountability.