San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Endorse Tony Thurmond

Press Release

Oakland, CA – Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – Two Bay Area mayors, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, have announced their endorsements of Assemblymember Tony Thurmond for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Mayor Breed said:

"I'm supporting Tony Thurmond for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction because I trust him and I know how hard he will fight for our kids.  Tony knows what California's students need to be successful and I’m certain he will improve California’s education system for all children.”

“Tony Thurmond has helped bring in millions of dollars to Oakland to support schools, affordable housing, and public safety,” said Mayor Schaaf.  “His legislation brought funding directly to Oakland Unified School District, he's working on legislation right now to help address financial challenges in the district, and he’s a member of the Oakland Promise Advisory Board.  For his tireless commitment and ability to produce real results for students, I'm proud to endorse Tony for California Superintendent of Public Instruction."

Assemblymember Thurmond said:

“Mayor Breed is a shining example of the power of public education and I am thankful for her support.  I’m grateful to Mayor Schaaf for her endorsement, and for her partnership over the years to increase our state’s investment in the children of Oakland.  In the many years I’ve spent working directly with youth in Bay Area communities, including foster youth and in the juvenile justice system, I’ve come to understand deeply the importance of quality public education in the lives of young people, and the hard work it takes to make positive, substantial change.  Mayor Schaaf and Mayor Breed share my commitment to improving education for our students, and I look forward to working with them to better serve students in Oakland, San Francisco and across California.” Thurmond ran a mentoring campaign for San Francisco youth, and his experience as a nonprofit leader running school-based mental health programs and afterschool programs in Oakland public schools spans nearly a decade.  Thurmond was elected to the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board in 2008 and the State Assembly in 2014. He currently serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education.

Mayor Schaaf and Mayor Breed join Bay Area leaders including Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman Eric Swalwell, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe, and over a dozen Bay Area school board members in endorsing Thurmond.