California Educator

August / September 2018

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Election Prep Thurmond is the champion public education needs now T H E R I G H T P E O P L E in state and local office can make a big differ- ence in students and educators' lives. So it is critical that on Election Day, Nov. 6, voters elect Tony urmond for state superintendent of public instruction. A victory by urmond would ensure that public education and public school students and educators have a champion and a strong leader in the coming years. "He will make our students and schools a top priority and continue to fight for the rights and future of all educators," says CTA President Eric Heins. "Ever y time Tony speaks, he speaks to me, he speaks to our students," says Ann Katzburg, president of the San Ramon Valley Education Association, who heard urmond's speech at CTA's Pres- idents Conference in July. "I feel he has the pulse of public education and what is necessary for our students in our state." Members are also working hard in other critical races and ballot initiatives, Heins says. "From our local school boards up to the gov- ernor's office, our members campaign, contribute, phone-bank and go door-to-door on behalf of the people who believe in our public schools and colleges." For election and voter information, and how to get involved, see #VotePublicEd CTA recommends the following candidates for statewide office. (For local races, check your Voter Guide at Tony Thurmond, center, meets with educators at CTA's Presidents Conference in July. Photo: Sergio Martinez 43 A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 018 ED HERNANDEZ for Lieutenant Governor TONY THURMOND for State Superintendent of Public Instruction GAVIN NEWSOM for Governor BETTY YEE for State Controller XAVIER BECERRA for Attorney General ALEX PADILLA for Secretary of State FIONA MA for State Treasurer RICARDO LARA for Insurance Commissioner MALIA COHEN for Board of Equalization Seat 2 (No recommended candidates for other BOE seats)

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