Small Businesses from District 7 and Across the State Back Bonilla Citing “strong record of partnering with small businesses, giving them tools to succeed”

Concord, CA – Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced today that she has received the endorsement of the California Small Business Association, adding to the growing momentum and support for her campaign for State Senate by Democrats and Republicans, business and labor. 

“Susan Bonilla is a fiscally responsible leader with a strong record of partnering with small businesses, giving them tools to succeed and create good jobs,” CSBA President Betty Jo Toccoli said. “The California Small Business Association is proud to endorse Susan Bonilla for Senate.”

The California Small Business Association is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit, non-partisan organization that provides small business with a meaningful voice in governments, advocating on a range of issues including: regulation, access to credit, insurance, taxes and budgets, affordable health care, and workforce education.

Their endorsement today adds to the growing support for Bonilla from Democrats and Republicans, business and labor. Bonilla has recently earned the support of trusted Republicans leaders including Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern and Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor, as well as earning the support of Democratic state leaders including Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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


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.