“Bonilla is a leader in the ongoing struggle for equality for all” and has a “100 percent pro-equality track record”

Concord, CA – Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced today that LGBT leaders from across the region and the state are uniting in support of her campaign, citing her “100 percent pro-equality track record” and her leadership on the issue.

“Assemblywoman Bonilla is a leader in the ongoing struggle for equality for all, with a proven track record of advancing rights for the LGBTQ community and fighting against hate,” LGBT Caucus Chair Assemblymember Susan Eggman said.

“Assemblymember Bonilla carried a historic and important piece of legislation for Equality California last year,” said Rick Zbur, EQCA executive director. “Ending the “panic defense” was a significant achievement, due in part to Asm. Bonilla’s leadership. Prior to its passage, California courts legitimized prejudice and hate against our community. In addition to Asm. Bonilla’s 100 percent pro-equality track record, she has and will continue to be a strong voice for full equality for the LGBT community in California.”

Bonilla’s LGBTQ support includes:

LGBT Caucus Chair, Assemblymember Susan Eggman
Equality California
East Bay Stonewall Democrats
Senator Cathleen Galgiani
Senator Ricardo Lara
Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder (ret.) Steve Weir
Contra Costa County Democratic Committee Chair Jeff Koertzen
El Cerrito Councilmember Gabe Quinto

“Susan Bonilla is a proud and committed ally of the East Bay LGBT community, and has been an outspoken leader on critically important issues we face. Last year, Assemblywoman Bonilla authored and passed into law our nation’s first ban on the so-called “panic-defense”, ensuring that those who assault LGBT individuals will face the consequences of their actions,” East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club Political Action Committee Chair Michael Colbruno said. “The East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club proudly endorses Susan Bonilla for State Senate.”

Their support continues the growing support and momentum behind Bonilla’s campaign, joining key leaders like Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Congressman George Miller, and former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan.

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.