CPA and Former Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Backs Susan Bonilla, Adding to Growing Consensus Behind Bonilla from Fiscal Leaders

Concord, CA – Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced today that she has received the endorsement of State Board Equalization Member Fiona Ma, a CPA and former Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly.

 Bonilla’s campaign has earned a broad base of support and growing momentum from fiscal leaders like BOE Member Ma, the California Small Business Association, State Controller Betty Yee, and Contra Costa Auditor Gus Kramer.

 Bonilla has a strong track record of balancing budgets 13 years in a row, establishing a rainy day fund, and setting a personal example by cutting her own pay to help keep the budget balanced while protecting vital public services.

  BOE Member Ma’s endorsement also continues the rapidly expanding support and unity that Bonilla’s campaign has earned in recent weeks. Following major endorsements including Attorney General Kamala Harris and State Controller Betty Yee, Bonilla has recently announced the support of the California Small Business Association, Republican Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor, the California National Association of Women PAC, Danville Councilmember Renee Morgan, Oakley Councilmember Vanessa Perry, and LGBT Legislative leaders from across the region and the state.

 A full list of endorsements, as well as statements of support from community leaders, can be found at susanbonilla.com/endorsements

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 Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla is a former high school teacher, mayor and county supervisor, who has worked to strengthen neighborhood schools and protect public safety services, while successfully working to balance the state budget.

Prior to her election to the State Assembly in 2010, Bonilla served as a Contra Costa County Supervisor and as the Mayor of Concord – the largest community in the State Senate District. While serving her local community, Bonilla built and expanded job-training programs and job creation efforts that successfully helped residents get back to work during the recession.

 In the State Assembly, she has consistently worked to invest in public education, strengthen neighborhood schools, and improve access to college and job-training programs for local students. Bonilla balanced budgets by not spending what we don’t have – remaining committed to reducing our debt burden – while protecting vital services like education and public safety from drastic budget cuts.

Susan Bonilla has shown steadfast leadership in protecting early childhood education programs – saving transitional kindergarten, which gives young learners the foundations they need for success. Bonilla was the author of legislation that: expanded health care access for women, created the highest safety standards for California industrial sites while protecting manufacturing jobs, and provided more tools for law enforcement to keep our communities safe.

 In her most recent term in office, Bonilla led legislative efforts to streamline education funding, giving local schools more control, make college more affordable, improve academic standards, modernize school curriculums, and secure $1 billion for training and technology to prepare students to succeed in a job market that demands problem solving and critical thinking skills.

 Prior to serving in public office, Susan was an English teacher in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. She has a B.A. in English from Azusa Pacific University and teaching credentials from CSU Los Angeles. Susan resides in Concord with her husband, John. They have four daughters and three grandchildren.

 State Senate District 7 includes the cities of Concord, Antioch, Livermore, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, Danville, Pittsburg, Dublin, and Brentwood, as well as many other communities in Contra Costa and Alameda counties.