Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta and the California Association of Bilingual Educators Political Action Committee have endorsed Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
“Californians can count on Tony Thurmond to put children first and work each day to ensure every child has access to a quality education,” Huerta said.
“Education is the soul of America and the foundation of our democracy. Tony understands that a quality education has that power to up lift minority and underprivileged communities, and that is why I am so proud to support him,” she said.
“Tony Thurmond embraces opportunities for California students to develop multilingual skills in their Pre K-12 education,” said Rosalia Salinas, president of the Bilingual Educators PAC.
“Assemblymember Thurmond’s extensive experience in public service and track record as an elected official, his passionate dedication to our public school students who are most in need of extra support, and his focus on parent engagement have convinced the California Association of Bilingual Educators (CABE-PAC) that he is the most qualified candidate to serve as our next statewide education leader,” said Salinas.
If elected in November, Thurmond would be the first Latino and Afro-Latino to serve in the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Thurmond’s mother immigrated from Panama and worked as a teacher in the San Jose area.
Thurmond has also been endorsed by CA Senator Kamala Harris, Equality California, the California Labor Federation, and the California Democratic Party.