Buchanan, other East Bay women leaders endorse Bonilla in special State Senate race

By Allen Payton

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced Wednesday the endorsements of former State Senator and Majority Leader Ellen Corbett and former Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner as women in leadership across the East Bay continue to unite behind Bonilla’s campaign in the special 7th State Senate District race.

As a result of Tuesday’s election, Bonilla successfully moved forward to the top-two in the May 19th special election runoff, facing fellow Democrat and Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer.

Former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, who placed third in Tuesday night’s election, also endorsed Bonilla, on Wednesday.

In a post on her campaign website, Buchanan wrote:

“Dear Friend – I want to take a moment to thank you for your overwhelming support of our campaign. While last night’s results weren’t what we were expecting, I am incredibly grateful to all of you for believing in me, your time and all your hard work.

I’m proud of the campaign that we ran; I’m proud that we stuck to our pledge to run a positive-only campaign; and I’m proud of how many of you truly took to heart our shared vision for a better future. 

It’s clear that our positive messages of a quality education for every child, protecting our precious environment and creating a better California resounded with tens of thousands of voters.

It was an honor to represent you in the State Assembly and as a school board member, and I am grateful for all we have all we have accomplished in my 24 years of public service. It takes a village, and working together we have improved our schools and learning for all students, and strengthened the wonderful communities we call home. I look forward to our paths crossing in the future.

Last night I called Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla to offer her my congratulations. I ask you to support her bid to be our next State Senator.”

Corbett, Skinner and Buchananjoin Congresswoman and Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher (ret.), Assemblymember Nora Campos, Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Solano County Supervisor Linda Seifert, Concord Councilmember Laura Hoffmeister, Martinez Councilmember Lara Delaney, Martinez Councilmember AnaMaria Avila, Pittsburg Councilmember Merl Craft, Ambrose Parks Board Chair Mae Cendaña Torlakson, Ambrose Parks Board Member Judy Dawson, Ambrose Parks Board Member Eva Garcia, Antioch School Board Member Barbara Cowan and Solano Board of Education Vice President Dana Dean.

Senator Corbett and Assemblywoman Skinner are trusted and proven leaders who made incredible strides for our region,” Bonilla said. “I’m honored by their support and the incredible support that our campaign received from across the district in last night’s election.”

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