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ENDORSEMENTS

TONY'S COALITION

WORKING FAMILIES ORGANIZATIONS

  • National Association of Social Workers - California

  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 952

STATE LEADERS

  • California Board of Equalization Chairman Antonio "Tony" Vazquez

  • State Assemblymember Juan Carrillo

  • State Assemblymember & Latino Legislative Caucus Chair Sabrina Cervantes

  • State Assemblymember Laura Friedman

  • State Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez

  • State Assemblymember Pilar Schiavo

  • Former Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Senator Jack O’Connell

  • Former State Senator & Former California Labor Federation President Connie Leyva 

  • Assembly Majority Leader Emeritus Ian Calderon

  • Former State Assemblymember Tom Daly

  • Former State Assemblymember Jim Frazier

  • Monterey County Supervisor & Former State Assemblymember Luis Alejó

LOCAL ELECTED LEADERS

  • Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley

  • Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia

  • Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez

  • Napa County Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza

  • Ventura County Supervisor Vianey López

  • Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long (Ret.)

  • Alameda City Councilmember Malia Vella

  • Albany City Councilmember Robin López

  • Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín

  • Berkeley City Councilmember Sophie Hahn

  • Camarillo City Councilmember Dr. Martita Martinez Bravo

  • Compton City Councilwoman Michelle Chambers (Ret.)

  • Culver City Vice Mayor Yasmine McMorrin

  • El Cerrito City Councilmember Carolyn Wysinger

  • El Cerrito Mayor Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto (Ret.)

  • El Monte Mayor Jessica Ancona

  • Emeryville City Councilmember Kalimah Priforce

  • Fairfield City Councilmember K. Patrice Williams

  • Fullerton City Councilmember Ahmad Zahra

  • Fontana Councilmember Jesus Sandoval

  • Gardena Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Henderson

  • Gardena City Councilmember Paulette C. Francis

  • Hercules Mayor Alex Walker-Griffin

  • Hercules City Councilmember Tiffany Grimsley

  • Hollister City Councilmember Dolores Morales

  • Huntington Park Vice Mayor Karina Macias

  • Huntington Park City Councilmember Arturo Flores

  • Maywood Mayor Heber Marquez

  • Modesto City Councilmember Tony Madrigal (Ret.)

  • Morgan Hill Councilmember Yvonne Martinez Beltrán

  • Moreno Valley Mayor Ulises Cabrera

  • Oakland City Councilmember Treva Reid

  • Ojai Mayor Pro Tem Suza Francina

  • Ojai City Councilmember Rachael Lang

  • Oxnard City Councilmember Gabe Teran

  • Oxnard City Councilmember Gabby Basua

  • Pinole Mayor Devin Murphy

  • Pinole City Councilmember Anthony Tave

  • Pittsburg Mayor Shanelle Scales-Preston 

  • Port Hueneme Mayor Bobby Martinez

  • Port Hueneme City Councilmember Laura Hernandez

  • Port Hueneme City Councilmember Dr. Martha McQueen-Legohn

  • Rialto City Councilmember Rafael Trujillo

  • Richmond Mayor Irma Anderson (Ret.)

  • Richmond City Councilmember Ludmyrna López (Ret.)

  • Richmond City Councilmember Demnlus Johnson III (Ret.)

  • Riverside City Councilmember Gaby Plasencia

  • San Juan Capistrano City Councilmember Sergio Farias

  • San Pablo Mayor Abel Pineda

  • Santa Pala Mayor John Procter

  • Santa Paula City Councilmember Dr. Laura Espinoza (Ret.)

  • Thousand Oaks City Councilmember David Newman 

  • Thousand Oaks Mayor Bob Engler (Ret.)

  • Thousand Oaks City Councilmember Claudia Bill De La Pena (Ret.)

  • Ventura Deputy Mayor Dr. Jeannette Sánchez-Palacios

  • Ventura Councilmember Lorrie Brown (Ret.)

  • Ventura Mayor Carl Morehouse (Ret.)

LOCAL EDUCATION LEADERS &
GRASSROOTS ACTIVISTS

  • Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District Trustee Brianna Taksony

  • Alameda County Board of Education Trustee Ken Berrick

  • Anaheim Union High School District Trustee Jessica Guerrero, MPP

  • Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee Ryan A. Ruelas

  • Apple Valley Unified School District Trustee Amanda Buchanan

  • Azusa Unified School District Trustee and past President of the California Latino School Boards Association Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez

  • Azusa Unified School District Trustee Gabriela Arellanes

  • Bakersfield City School District Trustee Dr. Chris Cruz-Boone

  • Berkeley Unified School District President Ana Vasudeo

  • Berkeley Unified School District Board Member Ka'Dijah Brown

  • Berkeley Unified School District Board Member Jennifer Shanoski

  • Berkeley Unified School District Board Member Judy Appel (Ret.)

  • Ceres Unified Board Trustee Cynthia Ruiz

  • Chino Valley School District Trustee Don Bridge

  • Chula Vista Elementary School District Trustee Kate Bishop

  • Chula Vista Elementary School District Trustee Cesar Fernandez

  • Coachella Valley Unified School Board Trustee Trinidad Arredondo

  • Conejo Valley Unified School District Board Trustee Bill Gorback

  • Contra Costa Community College District Trustee John Márquez

  • Contra Costa County Board of Education Trustee Anamarie Avila Farias

  • Contra Costa County Board of Education Trustee Sarah Butler

  • Covina-Valley Unified School District Assistant Principal Michele Doll, Ed.D.

  • Cupertino Union School District Board Member Ava Chiao

  • El Rancho Unified School District Trustee Esther Mejia

  • El Rancho Unified School District Trustee Hector LaFarga, Jr.

  • El Rancho Unified School District Trustee John Contreras

  • Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Trustee Ana Petero

  • Fontana Unified School District Board President Mars Serna

  • Fontana Unified School District Board Trustee Mary Sandoval

  • Fresno Unified School District Board of Education Trustee Andy Levine

  • Folsom Cordova Unified School District Trustee Chris Clark

  • Fullerton School District Board Trustee Ruthi Hanchett

  • Fullerton Joint Union High School District Trustee Vicki Calhoun, Ed.D.

  • Garvey School District Board Board Trustee Felipe Agredaño-Lozano (Ret.)

  • Glendale Unified School District Board Vice President Shant Sahakian

  • Greenfield Union School District President Denise Jaime

  • Greenfield Union School District Trustee Jose Madrid

  • Greenfield Union School District  Trustee Sonia Hereida

  • Gonzales School Board President Araceli Flores

  • Hacienda La Puente Unified School Board Trustee Christine Salazar

  • Hartnell College Trustee Margaret D’Arrigo

  • Hayward Unified School District Board Trustee Will McGee (Ret.)

  • Hueneme School District Trustee Dr. Chuck Weis (Ret.), VC County Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Hueneme School District Trustee Darlene Bruno

  • Jefferson Elementary School District Board Member Manufou Liaiga-Anoa'i

  • John Swett Unified School District Trustee Jerry Parsons (Ret.)

  • John Swett Unified School District Trustee Amarjit “AJ” Kaur

  • Jurupa Valley Unified School District Trustee, Riverside County School Board Association President Robert Garcia

  • Keppel Union School District Vice President Andrew Ramirez

  • Keppel Union School District Trustee Blanca Nava

  • Keppel Union School District Trustee Alma Rodriguez

  • Lemon Grove School District Trustee Cheryl Robertson

  • Lemon Grove School District Trustee Yajaira Preciado

  • Lennox School Board Trustee Angeles Gonzalez

  • Long Beach Unified School Board President Dr. Juan Benitez

  • Long Beach Unified School Trustee Erik Miller

  • Loma School Board Trustee Dr. Malinda L. Hurley Alta

  • Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Dr. Kelsey Iino

  • Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Jackie Goldberg

  • Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Scott Schmerelson (Ret.)

  • Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Steve Zimmer (Ret.)

  • Los Angeles Unified School District Board Trustee Dr. George McKenna

  • Los Molinos Unified School District Trustee Melissa Peter

  • Lynwood Unified School District President Alfonso Morales

  • Martinez School Board Trustee Courtney Masella-O'Brien

  • Mark Twain Union Elementary School District Board Member Maggie Rollins (Ret.)

  • Modesto City Schools Trustee John Ervin III

  • Mono County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stacey Adler*

  • Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Deneen Gus*

  • Monterey and Peninsula College District Chair Rosalyn Green

  • Moreno Valley Unified School District Trustee Jesús Holguín

  • Natomas Unified School District Trustee Susan Heredia, Ph.D.

  • Newark Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Penelope DeLeon*

  • Newark School District Board President Nancy Thomas

  • Oak Grove School District Trustee & California Latino School Boards Association President* Jorge Pacheco Jr.

  • Oakland Unified School District Board Vice President Clifford Thompson

  • Oakland Unified School District Board Member Greg Hodge (Ret.)

  • Oakland Unified School District Board Member Nina Senn (Ret.)

  • Oakland Unified School District Board Member Rosie Torres (Ret.)

  • Oceanside Unified School District Board President Raquel Alvarez

  • Oceanside School District Trustee Eleanor Evans

  • Oceanside Unified School District Trustee Nancy Licona

  • Oceanview School Board President Patricia Singer

  • Oceanview School Board Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin

  • Ontario-Montclair School District President Sonia Alvarado

  • Ontario-Montclair School District Trustee Monica Lite

  • Orange Unified School District Trustee Andrea Yamasaki

  • Orange Unified School District Trustee Kris Erickson

  • Orange Unified School District Trustee Ana Page

  • Oxnard Union High School District Board President Karen M. Sher

  • Oxnard Union High School District Trustee Linda Baker-Torres

  • Oxnard Union High School District Trustee Dr. Steve Hall

  • Oxnard Elementary School District Boardmember Rose Gonzalez

  • Palm Springs Unified School District Board Member Charlie Ervin Jr.

  • Palmdale School District President Anthony Hunt

  • Palmdale School District Trustee Simone Zulu Diol

  • Pasadena Unified School District Trustee Tina Fredericks

  • Pasadena Unified School District Board Member Patrice Marshall McKenzie

  • Pasadena Unified School District President Michelle Richardson Bailey

  • Peralta Community College District Trustee Abel Guillen (Ret.)

  • Petaluma City School Board Trustee Trustee Joanna Paun

  • Pittsburg Unified School District Board Trustee Dr. De'Shawn Wollridge

  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Trustee Carrie Buck

  • Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District Trustee Bev Dransfeldt

  • Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District Trustee Jordan Roberts

  • Pomona Unified School District Board Member Dr. Roberta Perlman

  • Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Mike Gonzalez 

  • Rialto Unified School District Board Trustee Evelyn P. Dominguez

  • Rio School District Trustee Kristi Anderson

  • Rio School District Trustee Alesia Martin

  • Rio Elementary School District Trustee Alesia Martin

  • Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin Gomez*

  • Riverside County Board of Education Trustee Bruce N. Dennis

  • Riverside County Board of Education Trustee Jamie Azpeitia-Sach

  • Salinas Union High School District Trustee Vanessa Michelle Robinson

  • Salinas Union High School District Trustee Monica Trejo Lujan

  • Salinas Union High School District Trustee Nathalia Carrillo

  • San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre*

  • San Bernardino County Board of Education Trustee Dr. Gwendolyn Dowdy Rodgers

  • San Bernardino Unified School Board Trustee Mayra Ceballos

  • San Bernardino City Unified School District Trustee Mayra Ceballos

  • San Bernardino City Unified School District Trustee Mikki Cichocki

  • San Bernardino Community College Trustee Frank Reyes

  • San Bruno Park Elementary School District Trustee Jennifer Blanco

  • San Diego Community College District President Dr. Marìa Nieto Senuor

  • San Diego Community College District Trustee Geysil Arroyo

  • San Diego County Board of Education Trustee Dr. Gregg Robinson

  • San Diego Unified School District Trustee Dr. Sharon Whitehurst Payne

  • San Diego Unified School District Trustee Richard Barrera

  • San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Brescia*

  • San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Troy Brown, Ed.D.

  • San Jose Unified School District Trustee Brian Wheatley

  • San Juan Unified School Board Trustee, State Assembly Candidate (AD-6) Paula Villescaz

  • San Mateo Union High School District Trustee Teri L. Chavez

  • San Mateo Union High School District Trustee Greg Land

  • San Ysidro School District Trustee Antonio Martinez

  • San Ysidro School District Delegate Rudy Lopez

  • Santa Ana Unified School District Vice President Alfonso Alvarez

  • Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee Hector Bustos

  • Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee Katelyn Brazer Aceves

  • Santa Barbara City College Trustee Dr. Charlotte Gullap-Moore

  • Santa Clara Unified School District Trustee Albert Gonzalez

  • Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Farris Sabbah*

  • Santa Paula Unified School District President Dr. Daniel Sandoval

  • Santa Paula Unified School District Vice President Gabriela Omelas

  • Santa Paula Unified School District Trustee Tommy Frutos

  • Santa Paula Unified School District Trustee Chris Wilson

  • Santa Paula Unified School District Trustee Anna Villivana-Arroyo

  • Santa Paula Unified School District Trustee David Moore

  • Santa Rosa City School District Vice President Omar Medina

  • Santa Rosa City School District Trustee Ed Sheffield

  • Santa Rosa City School District Trustee Ever Flores-Deras

  • Saugus Unified School District Governing Board Trustee Chris Trunkey

  • Sausalito Marin City School District Board President Bonnie Huff

  • Sausalito Marin City School District Board Trustee Ida Times-Green (Ret.)

  • Sequoia Union High School District Trustee Shawneece Stevenson

  • Sutter County Board of Education Trustee Harjit Singh

  • Sweetwater Union Trustee Nicholas Segura

  • Sweetwater Union Trustee Paula Hall (Ret.)

  • Sweetwater Union High School School District Dr. Adrian Arancibia

  • Sweetwater Union High School District Trustee Elva Lopez-Zepeda

  • Val Verde Unified School District Trustee Erika L Zamora, M. Ed.

  • Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Dr. César Morales*

  • Ventura County Community College District Trustee Josh Chancer

  • Ventura County Board of Education Trustee Dr. Ramon Flores

  • Ventura Board of Education Trustee Dr. Mark Lisagor

  • Ventura School District Trustee Amy Yamamoto Callahan (Ret.)

  • Vista Unified School District Board President Martha Alvarado

  • Washington Unified School District Trustee Coby Pizzotti

  • West Contra Costa Unified School District Board President Demetrio Gonzalez-Hoy

  • West Contra Costa Unified School District Board Trustee Otheree Christian

  • West Contra Costa Unified School District Board Trustee Mister Phillips

  • West Contra Costa Unified School District Board Trustee Leslie Reckler

  • West Contra Costa Unified School District Board Trustee Jamela Smith-Folds

  • West Contra Costa Unified School District Board Trustee Dave Brown (Ret.)

  • West Contra Costa Unified School District Board Trustee Elaine Merriweather (ret.)

  • West Contra Costa Unified School District Board Trustee Audrey Miles (Ret.)

  • West Contra Costa Unified School District Board Trustee Glen Price (Ret.)

  • West Covina Unified School District Trustee Dr. Rose Lopez

  • West Covina Unified School District Trustee Michael Flowers

  • Whittier Union HS District Board Trustee Josefina Canchola

  • Hawthorne Planning Commissioner Ryan Richard

  • Huntington Beach Planning Commissioner Oscar Rodriguez

  • Long Beach Airport Commissioner Wayne Chaney Sr.

  • California School Boards Association Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative Michael Inzunza*

  • Assembly District 59 Candidate David Obrand

  • Assembly District 79 Candidate Racquel Vasquez

  • Orange County Board of Education Candidate David Johnson

  • Glendale School Board Candidate Neda Farid

  • Veregy Senior Partnerships Manager Brett Gallagher*

  • AD-15 Delegate Carolyn Bowden

  • Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County Board Member Amber Caldwell

STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT

STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS - CALIFORNIA

“The hard-working members of the National Association of Social Workers - California are thrilled to announce our strong support of Tony Thurmond for Governor.  With his personal background of overcoming adversity and service as a former social worker, Tony uniquely understands the struggles and the challenges people are facing today and has worked tirelessly to help those in need throughout his career, including his tenure as a State Legislator. We know that as Governor, Tony will be a bold champion for our members, whether it comes to fighting for livable wages and benefits, stronger workplace protection standards, or robust investments in our social safety net to ensure every Californian has an opportunity to thrive. We’re with him 100% and look forward to helping Tony get elected.”

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IBEW LOCAL 952

“Tony Thurmond is a proven warrior for working people, and we need him as California’s next Governor. From his time as a social worker to his tenure as the former Assembly Labor Committee Chair and now as Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony has been a bold champion for livable wages and benefits, stronger workplace standards, and robust investments in our infrastructure. That’s why the working people that power International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 952 are excited to support Tony and look forward to helping him get elected.”

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CA BOARD OF EQUALIZATION CHAIRMAN ANTONIO VAZQUEZ

"Tony Thurmond will make a great Governor for the people of our state. Given Tony's background, he uniquely understands the struggles and the challenges people are facing today. That's why he has dedicated his life's work to giving a voice to those without one, fighting for better wages, fully funded public schools and an economy that works for all people - not just those at the top. Tony Thurmond will protect taxpayers and ensure our state's investments are used effectively and efficiently. For these reasons and many more, I am proud to stand with Tony and give him my enthusiastic support."

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FORMER SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION AND STATE SENATOR JACK O’CONNELL

“From his time as a public educator to his tenure in the State Assembly and now as Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond has been a bold, forward-thinking champion for California public schools, classroom teachers, students, and parents. Additionally, he has a deep understanding of the multifaceted issues impacting hard-working families across the state, from affordable housing and homelessness to more family-sustaining jobs, and safer communities. That’s why I’m thrilled to endorse Tony for Governor, because he’s uniquely qualified to deliver for all Californians, particularly the most vulnerable.”

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STATE ASSEMBLYMEMER & LATINO LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS CHAIR SABRINA CERVANTES

"Tony Thurmond would make history as California's first ever elected Latino and first Black Governor. Most importantly, Tony has dedicated his life's work to fighting for disadvantaged and marginalized communities. There is no greater champion for public schools, for classroom teachers, students, parents and public educators than Tony Thurmond. And he is fearless when it comes to fighting for working families. Tony will make every Californian proud as our next Governor, and I am proud to endorse him."

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STATE ASSEMBLYMEMER JUAN CARRILLO

"Tony Thurmond has the compassion, forward-thinking vision and an unrelenting drive to create positive change —  all characteristics that the people of California need from our next Governor.  I am pleased to endorse Tony Thurmond for Governor because I know he will deliver for the people, and for local neighborhoods in every community in our state."

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STATE ASSEMBLYMEMER LAURA FRIEDMAN

“During this challenging time, California needs leaders who understand the struggles that so many working people face every day. That's why I’m excited to endorse Tony Thurmond for Governor, because his background of overcoming adversity, to becoming a social worker and public educator who worked tirelessly to help those in need, combined with his experience as a legislator and as Superintendent make Tony uniquely qualified to lead the people of California.”

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STATE ASSEMBLYMEMER PILAR SCHIAVO

“I’m thrilled to support Tony Thurmond for Governor. Tony has dedicated his life to empowering working families and ensuring every child in California has the opportunity to thrive. I know he will continue to be a champion for those who need it most as California’s next Governor.”

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STATE ASSEMBLYMEMER FREDDIE RODRIGUEZ

"Tony Thurmond is my choice for California's next Governor. He has a deep understanding of the issues impacting hard working Californians. I have witnessed Tony's leadership in action first hand. I've seen his unique ability to bring competing interests together, to find common ground and to deliver real solutions that help people in need. I know he will make an outstanding leader for the people of our state."

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MONTEREY COUNTY SUPERVISOR & FORMER STATE ASSEMBLYMEMER LUIS ALEJO

"California needs Tony Thurmond as our next Governor. Tony has the skills, abilities and proven background needed to be a bold change-maker for the people of our state. Tony has a big heart, leads with conviction and will bring boundless energy and vision to the office. I am with him 100%."

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FORMER STATE SENATOR & FORMER CALIFORNIA LABOR FEDERATION PRESIDENT CONNIE LEYVA

"Tony Thurmond has built up a proven track record of fighting to deliver real change for working families, young people, seniors, women, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, and more. He has been an effective leader in local and state office and has the life and work experiences needed to be a bold and fearless leader for the people of California. I am pleased to endorse Tony Thurmond for Governor."

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ASSEMBLY MAJORITY LEADER EMERITUS IAN CALDERON

"Working side by side with Tony Thurmond in the legislature, I've seen him in action close up. Tony is a unique leader with a profound commitment to solving the everyday challenges Californian’s are faced with. From working at a non-profit, crafting policy in the state legislature to serving as our State Superintendent, Tony has proven he has the skillset, determination and drive to tackle the issues California has struggled for years to fix. Character, experience and resolve are the qualities we need in our next Governor, and I know first hand Tony is that leader. I am proud to endorse him.”

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FORMER STATE ASSEMBLYMEMER TOM DALY

“I’m excited to endorse my friend Tony Thurmond for Governor because he has the proven leadership experience, unyielding drive, and wide-ranging background to most effectively deliver on the most critical issues impacting our state. Throughout his career as a social worker, educator and legislator, Tony has been a champion for working people, public schools, more affordable housing, and climate action. As someone who has witnessed Tony's leadership firsthand, I know that he’ll be an innovative, effective and unrelenting leader for all Californians as our next Governor.”

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FORMER STATE ASSEMBLYMEMER JIM FRAZIER

"Tony Thurmond has been a champion for public schools, for working people, small businesses, more housing, a cleaner and healthier environment, inclusive communities and safer neighborhoods. Tony has deep experience and knowledge, brings a local as well as a statewide perspective to the issues affecting real Californians, and is one of the hardest workers I know. He will make a remarkable Governor and I am proud to endorse him."

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