Sierra Club Endorses Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Press Release


Oakland, Calif. – THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 – The Sierra Club has endorsed Assemblymember Tony Thurmond for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Thurmond has swept environmental endorsements in the race to date.

“Tony Thurmond is a proven leader for the environment and environmental justice,” said Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California. "He understands that the best education for all children is a key link in the effort to protect the planet. His record and experience are exceptional and we’re delighted to give him Sierra Club’s endorsement.”

“I am proud to carry the endorsement of the Sierra Club, which has been a leading advocate for the protection of our planet and the protection of our children’s health and futures,” said Thurmond. “For me, environmentalism and education go hand in hand. As Superintendent, I’ll continue to be a voice for environmental protections, while fighting for investment in school-based health services, sustainable schools, and superb science curriculum to educate California’s future environmentalists and scientists.”

In February 2018, Assemblymember Thurmond coauthored a resolution condemning the Trump administration’s intentions to allow new drilling off the California coastline.  His record on environmental issues has been consistently rated by environmental advocacy groups among the top in the State Assembly.

Thurmond is also endorsed by Californians for Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA-PAC), the California League of Conservation Voters, and the California Democratic Party.

The primary election for State Superintendent of Public Instruction is June 5, 2018.