Bonilla picks up yet another major public safety endorsement and continues to be the only candidate supported by local and statewide public safety groups

Concord, CA – Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced today that her campaign for State Senate has earned the support of CALFIRE Local 2881, continuing the momentum and growing consensus behind her campaign from public safety leaders across the region and the state.

Local 2881 represent more than 6,500 men and women within CAL FIRE, who are engaged in firefighting and the protection of our state’s invaluable forests and grass-covered watersheds. CAL FIRE is the largest fire department in California, and the third largest in the nation.

“Firefighters respond to every conceivable type of emergency under every possible condition. Susan Bonilla understands what it like to be the first line of defense for vulnerable Californians and makes sure that our firefighters have the tools to get our job done safely,” CALFIRE Local 2881 President Mike Lopez said. “Susan Bonilla is the only candidate with a clear and consistent track record of supporting public safety and public safety workers. CALFIRE Local 2881’s professional firefighters proudly endorse Susan Bonilla for State Senate.”

“I’m honored to have the support of California’s Fire Department,” Bonilla said. “CALFIRE firefighters stand at the front line of keeping our families safe – especially as drought conditions continue to threaten communities across our state.”

Since announcing for State Senate last month, Bonilla has already quickly earned the support of:

  • Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney’s Association
  • Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County
  • United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230
  • Concord Police Association
  • Livermore Police Officer’s Association
  • Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Trades Local 16
  • Ironworkers Local 378
  • Congresswoman and Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher (ret.)
  • Assemblymember Jim Frazier
  • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
  • Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston
  • Antioch Mayor Wade Harper
  • Antioch Councilmember Monica Wilson
  • Antioch Councilmember Tony Tiscareno
  • Clayton Councilmember Julie Pierce
  • Concord Mayor Tim Grayson
  • Concord Treasurer Thomas Wentling
  • Concord Councilmember Dan Helix
  • Concord Councilmember Laura Hoffmeister
  • Danville Mayor Robert Storer
  • Danville Councilmember Newell Arnerich
  • Dublin Mayor David Haubert
  • Dublin Councilmember Abe Gupta
  • Pittsburg Mayor Sal Evola
  • Pittsburg Councilmember Pete Longmire
  • Pittsburg Councilmember Ben Johnson
  • Pittsburg Councilmember Nancy Parent
  • Ambrose Parks Board Chair Mae Cendaña Torlakson
  • Ambrose Parks Board Member Judy Dawson
  • Ambrose Parks Board Member Eva Garcia

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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.