State Superintendent of Public Instruction Torlakson endorses Bonilla for State Senate

Endorsement adds to growing support for Bonilla among education leaders

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced this week that her campaign for State Senate has earned the endorsement of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Torlakson currently holds the highest education post in California, and previously served in the State Assembly – as well as holding the Senate seat that Bonilla is currently contesting. He started his political career as a member of the Antioch City Council, then was elected to the County Board of Supervisors. He was also a teacher and cross country coach.

As a classroom teacher and State Assemblywoman, Susan Bonilla has dedicated her life to California’s children and our public schools.  She has been an important and irreplaceable voice for improving academic standards, putting more students on the path to college, and ensuring every child has the opportunity to succeed” Torlakson said.  “I’m proud to endorse my good friend and fellow teacher, Susan Bonilla, for State Senate.”

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has been a consistent and dedicated champion for public education,” Assemblywoman Bonilla said.  “Our students and our state have benefited tremendously from his leadership and I’m honored to have his support.”

Bonilla has built a strong base of support and strong momentum – especially in the education community. Earlier this week, the Mt. Diablo Education Association (MDEA) announced their endorsement of Bonilla. MDEA is the largest teacher’s association in the senate district.

Bonilla has recently earned the endorsement of the California Democratic Party, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier – who represented this district before being elected to Congress last fall, Congressman Mike Thompson, former Congresswoman and Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher, PORAC, AFSCME, and the California Professional Firefighters.

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