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Former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan launches positive campaign for State Senate

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Joan Buchanan Former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan launches positive campaign for State Senate

Joan Buchanan

Campaign will reject all negative campaign tactics

On Thursday, December 11, 2014, Democrat former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan officially launched her “Positively for Us” campaign in her bid for California’s 7th Senate District (SD7). Buchanan and her campaign have taken the unusual step of committing to run a strictly positive race, and have promised to reject all negative tactics.

The Governor will call a special election for the SD7 seat when Senator Mark DeSaulnier resigns to be sworn into Congress in January. That election is expected to be held in March, 2015.

Buchanan said “I firmly believe that our democracy is harmed by the level of negativity that has become the standard in political campaigns. This was amplified last November when we were overwhelmed with endless negative TV, radio ads and mailers that did little more than anger voters of all political persuasions. I’ve heard from our community time and time again, that they are tired of these tactics and are reluctant to participate in such a destructive process.

My ‘Positively for Us’ campaign will focus on my record of accomplishments and my goals for the State Senate, and will address voters’ concerns by making real progress on issues that matter to us all.  No attacks or ‘comparisons’ – which are merely attacks in disguise – will be made by me or my campaign. With such a short window to communicate with voters, it is important that we focus on the issues, and not waste valuable time with attacks and negativity that do nothing more than keep voters from the polls.

I am not asking my opponents to take any kind of pledge, or to follow my lead, and I cannot control or direct independent expenditure committees. I am simply making a promise to voters so they know what they can expect from me and my campaign. My hope is that this type of campaign will foster a positive and constructive dialogue about what’s best for our future as a region.”

Nearly 60 local leaders are already backing Buchanan’s candidacy, and are encouraged by her positive approach. Livermore Mayor John Marchand, Former Antioch Mayor and current Councilmember Mary Rocha, Walnut Creek Mayor Bob Simmons, Danville Mayor Mike Doyle, Orinda Vice Mayor Victoria Smith and Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor are just a few who have already joined the groundswell of grassroots support for Buchanan.

Buchanan was first elected to the California State Assembly in 2008 and just completed a successful six year term, serving California’s 16th Assembly District (formerly 15th) which includes the cities of Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore. Prior to her service in the State Assembly, Buchanan served on the San Ramon Valley School board for 18 years, including four terms as president.

Prior to her years of public service, Joan was an analyst with Delta Dental and quickly became one of the fastest rising women in the company and was promoted to Director of Commercial Operations before the age of 30. She left the private sector to raise her five children and in the process became one of the San Ramon Valley’s most effective community activists and education advocates.

Joan is a 36-year resident of Alamo and a native Californian. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The 7th State Senate District contains 100% of Buchanan’s former seat of AD 16, and portions of three other Assembly Districts and 56.4% of the Senate District’s registered voters reside in AD 16 and have been represented by Buchanan. Of the remaining voters, 21.2% reside in AD 11 (represented by Jim Frazier), 22.1% reside in AD 14 (Susan Bonilla), and 0.3% reside in AD 20 (represented by Bill Quirk).

To learn more about the campaign, please visit www.JoanBuchanan.com. A complete list of current endorsements is below.

ENDORSEMENT LIST (as of December 10, 2014)

Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor, Danville Mayor Mike Doyle, Livermore Mayor John Marchand, Walnut Creek Mayor Bob Simmons, Former Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart, Antioch Councilmember and former Mayor Mary Rocha, Dublin City Councilmembers Don Biddle and Kevin Hart, Danville Town Councilmember Renee Morgan and Former Councilmember Susanna Schlendorf, Lafayette City Councilmember Mike Anderson, Livermore City Vice-Mayor Laureen Turner and Councilmembers Stewart Gary, Doug Horner and Bob Woerner, and Former Mayor Marshall Kamena, Orinda Vice Mayor Victoria Smith and Councilmember Amy Worth, San Ramon City Councilmember Philip O’Loane, Former Pleasanton City Councilmember Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Former Walnut Creek City Councilmembers Charlie Abrams and Gwen Regalia, Acalanes Union High School District President Kathy Coppersmith, Antioch Unified School District Board Vice President Diane Gibson-Gray, Byron Unified School District Member Jill Sprenkel, Chabot Las Positas Community College District Board Members Isobel Dvorsky and Carol Vecchiarelli, Contra Costa Community College District Board Member Vicki Gordon, Dublin Unified School District Vice President Amy Miller and Board Member Dan Cunningham, Dublin Unified School District Board Members Megan Rouse and Greg Tomlinson, Lafayette School District President Teresa Gerringer, Liberty Union High School District Board Members Pauline Allred and Joanne Byer, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board Members Craig Bueno and Kate Runyon, Orinda Union School District Board Members Carol Brown and Sarah Butler, Pleasanton Unified School District President Valerie Arkin, Members Chris Grant, Jim Ott, Jamie Yee Hintzke and Joan Laursen, and Former Member Jeff Bowser, Former Lafayette School District Board Member Shayne Silva, Walnut Creek School District Board Members Aimee Moss, Katie Pena and Barbara Pennington, San Ramon Valley Unified School District President Rachel Hurd and Vice President Denise Jennison, Former San Ramon Valley Education Association Presidents Darren Day and Mary Jane Keogh, Former San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board Members Marianne Gagen, Stuart Goldware, Chris Kenber, Allen Leck, Linda Wurzbach, Former Walnut Creek School District Board Member Arthur Clark, and East Bay Regional Parks District Board Members Bev Lane, Diane Burgis and Ayn Wieskamp.

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Assemblyman Frazier endorses Bonilla for State Senate

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced that her campaign for State Senate has earned the support of Assemblyman Jim Frazier, who represents the 11th Assembly District. That includes portions of Contra Costa, Solano, and Sacramento counties – including the cities of Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, and portions of Pittsburg, all of which are part of the 7th State Senate District.

I’m incredibly honored to have the support of my colleague Assemblymember Jim Frazier,” Bonilla said. “Jim’s leadership in Sacramento has been key to improving our state’s transportation system, protecting the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta, and supporting worker safety. His endorsement provides my campaign with a crucial boost of support.”

Frazier’s support adds to the growing momentum of support for Bonilla. Since announcing her campaign for State Senate, she has already quickly earned the support of the following:

Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association, United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230, Concord Police Association, Livermore Police Officer’s Association, Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover, Antioch Mayor Wade Harper and Councilmembers Monica Wilson and Tony Tiscareno, Concord Mayor Tim Grayson and Councilmembers Dan Helix and Laura Hoffmeister, Concord Treasurer Thomas Wentling, Danville Mayor Robert Storer and Councilmember Newell Arnerich, Pittsburg Mayor Sal Evola and Councilmembers Pete Longmire, Ben Johnson and Nancy Parent.

To learn more about Bonilla’s campaign, please visit www.susanbonilla.com.

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Ogorchock joins Tiscareno on the Antioch City Council following oath of office ceremonies, Tuesday night

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
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New Antioch Council Member Lori Ogorchock, with her husband DJ, is congratulated by County Supervisor Mary Piepho who just finished adminstering the oath of office to her, while family members look on, Tuesday night, December 9, 2014.

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Mayor Wade Harper gives Councilman Tony Tiscareno the oath of office, while his wife Olivia holds the family Bible and his family members look on, Tuesday night, December 9, 2014.

 

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As the candidate with the most votes in the November election, Ogorchock was voted in as Mayor Pro Tem by the Antioch City Council on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

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The audience at the Antioch City Council oath of office ceremonies, gave standing ovations to both Ogorchock and Tiscareno, on Tuesday night, December 9, 2014. photos by Allen Payton

By John Crowder

During the December 9 meeting of the Antioch City Council, Lori Ogorchock and Tony Tiscareno, the two candidates who received the most votes in the November 4 election, were given the oath of office as Antioch City Council Members. Because she received the most votes in the election, Ogorchock became Mayor Pro Tem.

Tiscareno was sworn in first by Mayor Wade Harper, and Ogorchock was then sworn in by Contra Costa County District III Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho.

Both Tiscareno and Ogorchock addressed the audience, comprised in large part of their supporters, following the brief ceremony.

Tiscareno began by saying, “I can finally say elected Council Member Tiscareno.” Having previously been appointed to the position, he expressed appreciation to the council for allowing him to serve for the last two years. Noting he had to run a hard campaign, he also said the campaign among the candidates was, “clean and ethical,” although, “there were some things in the press.” He thanked his wife and family, and the supporters who worked on his campaign. “My primary focus is public safety,” he said. He also expressed thankfulness that the city council does not get involved in infighting. He concluded by saying, “I’m looking forward to representing all of you.”

Ogorchock said, “Thank you to the citizens of Antioch for electing me to the city council…I’m here to represent you, and to improve this city, for all our benefit.” She introduced her family, and thanked them and her campaign workers for their support. “As you know, my top priority is community safety,” she said. She spoke about redirecting funds from the budget to increase the number of police officers and code enforcement officers. She also spoke about bringing well-paying jobs and businesses to Antioch, and about downtown redevelopment. She said that the residents of Antioch had spoken, “and I have listened.”

Several others addressed the newly appointed council members, and the council as a whole, during the meeting.

Supervisor Piepho prior to administering the oath to Ogorchock, congratulated her and offered advice. She told her, “It’s okay to disagree, but it’s not okay to be disagreeable.”

Diane Gibson-Gray who came in third in the city council race, but retains her seat on the Antioch School Board, said, “As a candidate in the last election, it was a pleasure to work with both of you.” She said that both Ogorchock and Tiscareno were, “upstanding and ethical.”

While each of the sitting council members, Monica Wilson and Mary Rocha, both congratulated Tiscareno and Ogorchock, Mayor Harper had extensive remarks. Speaking of the two new council members Harper said, “They both ran on campaigns of making our city safer.” He said that reducing crime and increasing public safety was the top priority for each of them during their campaigns, and was also the top priority of the entire city council.

Harper also said that the new council members had already begun to work, and that he hoped the new council would be able to attend a team building workshop together.

My advice to this council is, let’s continue to have a listening ear to what the community is saying, and continue to be out there in the community talking to people,” he added. “Always put the city first, not our personal philosophies or political ideas. Always be prepared to make decisions by studying the material, by getting out there into the community, talking to people, getting to talk to staff, asking questions of staff, so that when we come forward, we’re ready to make those decisions.”

He also said that it was important to make sure the people in the city understood the reasoning behind their decisions. Harper then thanked the residents of the city for getting “two measures passed to improve our city.” He thanked the city manager for his leadership, the police chief and all department heads, and the city staff, at every level, for all their work. He expressed satisfaction with being able to put all city workers back on a full workweek. His concluding comment, was a request of the city council to, “always put this city first.”

Members of the public also spoke offering their advice to the newly elected council members.

Former Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Allen Payton congratulated both Ogorchock and Tiscareno and then paraphrased two Bible verses from the book of Proverbs. Referencing Proverbs 18:17, he said, “One person seems right, until another comes forward and questions him,” and admonished the council members to hear all sides of an issue before coming to a decision. He also referenced Proverbs 12:16b, saying, “It profits a person to overlook an insult.” Payton said it was necessary, as an elected official, to, have “an open mind, soft heart and thick skin.” Payton concluded his remarks by telling the council that it was important to remember that this is the people’s government, and “our money you’re spending” and that, though they were in leadership, it was servant leadership. “Together we can make a difference,” he said. “God bless you.”

Willie Mims, representing the NAACP East County Branch, congratulated both new members on their election. He asked them to remember that they were elected to serve the total community, “Keep the total community…in back of your mind,” he said.

During the proceedings, Mayor Harper also paid tribute to former Council Member Gary Agopian. He said, “If he was healthy, he would have run in this election, and probably would have beat both of you.” Tiscareno responded, “Not probably, but likely.” Harper continued, noting that Agopian did not give up, saying, “He served until his dying breath, and we appreciate all he did.”

With the conclusion of all business listed on the agenda, the meeting of the was adjourned to a reception in the back of the chambers, and to the next regular meeting, December 16, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the council chambers at City Hall or can be viewed online via live stream at www.ci.antioch.ca.us.

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Ogorchock, Tiscareno to take oaths of office for Antioch City Council, Tuesday night

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

By Allen Payton

The winners in the November Antioch City Council, Lori Ogorchock and Tony Tiscareno, will take their oaths of officer during ceremonies at City Hall, Tuesday night, December 9.

The evening begins at 6:00 p.m., an hour earlier than normal council meetings, with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a special invocation by Father Roberto Corral, a priest at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Antioch, who was chosen by Ogorchock.

Then, the council will vote to certify the official election results, which show Ogorchock with the most votes, followed by Tiscareno.

That will be followed by the oaths of office and then comments by each of the newly elected council members, the mayor and other council members, as well as members of the public who wish to speak.

Then the council will be reorganized, with Ogorchock being voted in as Mayor Pro Tem for the next two years, according to the city ordinance, since she was the candidate with the most votes in the council election. A brief game of musical chairs will occur, as the mayor pro tem sits to the right of the mayor, and the others are rearranged at the will of the mayor.

Following the ceremonies a brief reception will be held in the council chambers.

Although rumors had been circulating that the proponents of Mayor Wade Harper’s recall would, once again serve him with papers at the council reorganization meeting, recall leader Rich Buongiorno stated on Monday, that they will wait until the first council meeting in January.

The complete meeting agenda can be viewed here.

The council meetings are held at 200 H Street in downtown Antioch or can be viewed via live stream on the city’s website at http://www.ci.antioch.ca.us/CityGov/citycouncilmeetings.htm.

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Antioch Mayor Wade Harper, Councilmembers Wilson, Tiscareno endorse Bonilla for Senate

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

According to news releases from Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s campaign for State Senate, she announced this week, that her campaign in the special election, “has earned the support of Antioch Mayor Wade Harper – a decisive endorsement in one of the largest cities in the 7th State Senate District. Harper’s support adds to the wave of momentum that Democrat Bonilla’s campaign has received from key endorsements over the last two weeks.”

Susan Bonilla is a true leader and an advocate for the working families of Antioch and across our region. While serving as chair of the Education Subcommittee of the Assembly Budget Committee, Susan Bonilla successfully brought over $3.6 million in additional state funding directly to Antioch’s schools,” Antioch Mayor Wade Harper said. “I’m thrilled that Assemblywoman Bonilla has declared her campaign for State Senate and I’m enthusiastically supporting her candidacy.”

Mayor Harper has provided vital leadership for the City of Antioch, helping his city succeed and addressing head-on issues that have long presented challenges for the community,” Bonilla said. “I’m proud to have earned his support and look forward to continuing to work together in Sacramento to support Contra Costa and Alameda communities.”

In addition, Antioch Councilmembers Monica Wilson and Tony Tiscareno added their names to Bonilla’s list of local elected officials and organizations who have endorsed her campaign.

I’m honored to have the support and partnership of Councilmembers Monica Wilson and Tony Tiscareno,” Bonilla said. “Each has made a strong impact to support working families and improve the future of our region.”

Since announcing her campaign for Senate last week, Bonilla has been endorsed by the Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Contra Costa County’s Professional Firefighters, Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover, Pittsburg Mayor Sal Evola, Concord Mayor Tim Grayson, Concord City Treasurer Thomas Wentling, Concord City Councilmembers Dan Helix and Laura Hoffmeister, Danville Mayor Robert Storer, Danville Councilmember Newell Arnerich, and now Antioch Mayor Wade Harper and Councilmembers Monica Wilson and Tony Tiscareno.

To learn more, please visit www.susanbonilla.com.

So far the only other announced candidate in the race is Republican Mark Meuser, an attorney who ran unsuccessfully against Senator Mark DeSaulnier for the seat in 2012. The special election is due to DeSaulnier being elected to Congress mid-way through his term. Once he resigns the seat, which is expected to occur in early January, the governor will announce the date of the special election, which is expected to be held next March.

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Final election results leaves results of all races affecting Antioch, the same, Measure O expands victory

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Following are the final, certified election results from the Contra Costa County Elections Office,
as of  5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

There were a total of 258,996 ballots cast out of 527,521 registered voters in the county for a
49.1% voter turnout. For more details visit www.cocovote.us.

Antioch City Council
LORI OGORCHOCK 6,410  23.34%
TONY G TISCARENO (I) 6,041 21.99%
DIANE GIBSON-GRAY 5,594  20.37%
LAMAR THORPE 4,829  17.58%
ANTHONY SEGOVIA 2,040  7.43%
KARL DIETZEL 886  3.32%
JEFFREY HALL-COTTRELL 832  3.03%
STEVEN BADO 684  2.49%
WRITE-IN 151 0.55%
Total 27,467

Antioch School Board
WALTER RUEHLIG 8,095  29.93%
DEBRA VINSON 7,736  28.60%
JOY MOTTS (I) 5,692  21.05%
GARY A. HACK (I) 5,385 19.91%
WRITE-IN  137  0.51%
Total  27,046

Measure O
Yes 8,736  51.62%
No 8,189  48.38%
Total  16,925

County Board of Education – Area 5
JEFF BELLE 14,343 50.38%
CYNTHIA TEVES RUEHLIG 13,900 48.82%
WRITE-IN 229  0.81%
Total  28,472

County Board of Education – Area 4
MIKE MAXWELL 23,309  52.38%
RICHARD ASADOORIAN (I) 20,962 47.11%
WRITE-IN 228 0.51%
Total 44,499

East Bay Regional Parks District – Ward 7
DIANE BURGIS 35,461 56.33%
MARK FOLEY 27,182  43.18%
WRITE-IN 313 0.50%
Total 62,956
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Latest election results leave all races affecting Antioch, the same

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Following are the election results from the Contra Costa County Elections Office, as of 
5:00 p.m.on Friday, November 21, 2014.

The next and final update is expected on November 25.

There were 253,847 ballots cast out of 527,521 registered voters in the county for a
48.12% voter turnout.

For complete election results in the county, click here.

Antioch City Council
LORI OGORCHOCK 6,280  23.40%
TONY G TISCARENO (I) 5,933 22.11%
DIANE GIBSON-GRAY 5,462  20.35%
LAMAR THORPE 4,687  17.47%
ANTHONY SEGOVIA 1,978  7.37%
KARL DIETZEL 872  3.25%
JEFFREY HALL-COTTRELL 804  3.00%
STEVEN BADO 671  2.50%
WRITE-IN 148 0.55%
Total 26,835

Antioch School Board
WALTER RUEHLIG 7,937  29.98%
DEBRA VINSON 7,524  28.42%
JOY MOTTS (I) 5,590  21.11%
GARY A. HACK (I) 5,290 19.98%
WRITE-IN  136  0.51%
Total  26,477

Measure O
Yes 8,496  51.53%
No 7,990  48.47%
Total  16,486

County Board of Education – Area 5
JEFF BELLE 13,983 50.28%
CYNTHIA TEVES RUEHLIG 13,612  48.94%
WRITE-IN 217  0.78%
Total  27,812

County Board of Education – Area 4
MIKE MAXWELL 23,041  52.41%
RICHARD ASADOORIAN (I) 20,697 47.08%
WRITE-IN 225 0.51%
Total 43,963

East Bay Regional Parks District – Ward 7
DIANE BURGIS 34,693 56.33%
MARK FOLEY 26,586  43.17%
WRITE-IN 306 0.50%
Total 61,585
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Assemblywoman Bonilla announces bid for State Senate seat, Piepho won’t yet commit

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Susan Bonilla Assemblywoman Bonilla announces bid for State Senate seat, Piepho wont yet commit

Susan Bonilla

Deputy Sheriffs, firefighters quickly endorse

By Allen Payton

On Tuesday, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, a Democrat, announced her intention to enter the special election contest to succeed State Senator Mark DeSaulnier in California’s 7th State Senate district. A special election is expected to take place in early 2015 after DeSaulnier, who was elected to Congress this year, resigns the seat.

Bonilla currently represents California’s 14th State Assembly District, which had included Antioch until the 2011 redistricting, and has previously served as a Contra Costa County Supervisor and as the Mayor and a Council Member in Concord, the largest city in the State Senate district.

I’m running for Senate to continue working for Contra Costa and Alameda residents, families, and small business owners in the Legislature. Working with a broad, diverse coalition, I am proud of what we have accomplished; turning a historic budget deficit into a balanced budget with a rainy day fund; revitalizing our economy through job creation and economic development; and reinvesting in our schools. I will continue focusing on these efforts in the State Senate, building coalitions to deliver results for my constituents,” Bonilla said. “Senator DeSaulnier is an outstanding public servant who has set a high standard and will be a dynamic member of Congress. As I begin my campaign for State Senate, I will look to his example and continue his fight to improve our transportation system and protect our environment, while always putting middle-class and working families first.”

Bonilla had already planned to run for State Senate in 2016, but DeSaulnier’s election to Congress in the middle of his term moved up the schedule on her.

The process will be triggered by DeSaulnier’s resignation, which is expected before January 5, that day he is scheduled to take the oath of office as a new Congressman.

The governor will then have two weeks to announce the date of the election, which is expected to be in mid- to late-March for the Primary. In a special election a candidate wins if they receive a majority of votes. If not the top two candidates with the most votes in the Primary will face off in the General Election in June.

A state senate district includes roughly 800,000 people, which is larger than a Congressional seat and Senators are elected for four-year terms. With the new term limits, state legislators in California can serve a maximum of 12 years, regardless of whether they serve in the Assembly or State Senate. However, because Bonilla was elected before June 5, 2012 she is restricted by the previous term limits, approved in 1990, which limits legislators to three terms in the State Assembly and two terms in the State Senate. Since the election will be past the half-way point in DeSaulnier’s term, if elected, she will serve less than two years, allowing her two more full terms for a total of close to 10 years. The same would apply to fellow Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, also a Democrat, who is termed out this year, and is rumored to be considering a run for the Senate seat. She has not responded to phone calls about a possible run.

Another rumored candidate, Supervisor Mary Piepho, a Republican, did respond through her spokesperson Tomi Riley who only stated the following regarding a possible State Senate run: “Many people have encouraged Mary to consider it.”

The other Assembly Member in the area, Democrat Jim Frazier, has stated previously that he is not considering running in the special State Senate election.

According to her campaign’s press release, “Bonilla is a former high school teacher who has worked to invest in public education, strengthen neighborhood schools, and improve access to college and job-training programs for local students.” It further states “Bonilla balanced budgets by not spending what we don’t have, remaining committed to reducing our debt burden, while protecting vital services like education and public safety from drastic budget cuts.”

On Wednesday, the campaign also announced that both the Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs Association and The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 have endorsed Bonilla in the race.

Assemblywoman Bonilla is a proven leader who has a strong track record of supporting public safety,” said Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association President Ken Westermann. “As an Assemblymember, former mayor, and former Contra Costa County Supervisor, Susan Bonilla has been a key partner in keeping Contra Costa families safe. The Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association is happy to endorse Assemblywoman Bonilla for State Senate.”

Contra Costa families are kept safe by the dedicated service of our Deputy Sheriffs. In many of our communities, they are the front line of law enforcement and public safety,” Assemblywoman Bonilla said. “I’m honored to have the support of these brave men and women. In the State Senate, I will continue to fight diligently to ensure that they have the resources and support they need to keep our communities safe.”

The firefighters Local 1230 is the region’s largest firefighters association.

Assemblywoman Bonilla has consistently worked to support public safety and public safety workers. She is a proven leader who has worked tirelessly to ensure that we have the resources to keep Contra Costa families safe,” United Professional Fire Fighters of Contra Costa County President Vince Wells said. “We’re pleased that Assemblywoman Bonilla is running for State Senate and enthusiastically offer her our endorsement and support.”

Local1230 represents over 450 firefighters from four different districts and two cities including: Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, El Cerrito Fire Department, Moraga-Orina Fire District, Pinole Fire Department, and Rodeo-Hercules Fire District.

I’m deeply honored to have the support of Contra Costa County’s Professional Firefighters,” Assemblywoman Bonilla said. “These brave men and women keep our families and homes safe, while putting themselves at real risk. In the Senate I will continue to work to ensure that they always have the resources to keep our communities safe.”

As a former chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, the release states “Bonilla led the legislative effort to streamline education funding, giving local schools more control, made college more affordable for local students, and secured $1 billion for training and technology to prepare students to succeed in a job market that demands problem solving and critical thinking skills.”

Prior to serving in public office, she was an English teacher in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. She has a B.A. in English from Azusa Pacific University and teaching credentials from CSU Los Angeles. Bonilla lives in Concord with her husband, John. They have four daughters and three grandchildren.

State Senate District 7 includes the cities of Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Walnut Creek and Danville, and other communities in Contra Costa County, as well as Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton in Alameda County.

There are now two announced candidates in the race, including attorney Mark Meuser, a Republican.

To learn more or to sign up for updates for Bonilla’s campaign, please visit www.susanbonilla.com.

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