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In Race for State Superintendent, Marshall Tuck Raises $1.2 Million, Tony Thurmond Raises $896,000

August 7, 2017

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on August 1 that that two candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction have raised substantial war chests of campaign contributions from their supporters.

Marshall Tuck has raised $1.2 million for another try and has $1 million in the bank. Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, has collected $896,000 this year and has $860,000 cash on hand.

Tuck – who ran for State Superintendent in issued a press release, saying “Our campaign is about bringing Californians together to tackle the big challenges facing our public schools. California doesn’t shrink from big problems, we solve them. We know what it takes to educate our children. Now we need the political courage to do it.

“I’m humbled by our early support, and fired up to keep growing our grassroots movement to bring big changes to California’s schools, and renew the promise of public education for all students.”

In 2014, Tuck ran for the position of State Superintendent against incumbent Tom Torlakson, and lost in a runoff election. That year, it was the most expensive election on the state ballot. Tuck was funded by backers of charter schools, while Torlakson had the support of teachers unions.

Tuck previously led Green Dot Public Schools, a Los Angeles-based independent charter school chain that operates with a teachers union contract, and the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a school turnaround organization. He has spent the last two years working as an educator in residence at the New Teacher Center.

Thurmond represents California’s 15th Assembly District, which includes the East Bay communities of Richmond, Berkeley and Oakland. He has already secured the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris for the top education post. Thurmond has authored several proposed bills that have been supported by the California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers.

Thurmond serves on the Assembly’s education committee and chairs its select committee on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. He also served on the Richmond City Council from 2005 to 2008 and on the West Contra Costa Unified School District board from 2008 to 2012. He also worked for more than 20 years as a social worker.

Sources:  San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, East Bay Times, EdBrief staff.

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