Oakley Councilmember’s Support Adds to Growing Consensus of Support In East Contra Costa County, Bonilla a Leader in Effort to Protect the Delta

Concord, CA – Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced today that she has received the endorsement of Oakley Councilmember Vanessa Perry – adding her campaign’s growing momentum across Contra Costa’s East County region.

Bonilla is a strong opponent of the twin tunnels proposal and is a leader in the region’s effort to protect the Delta, issues that are critically important to East County voters. Her leadership on the issue has been consistently cited by local leaders in their endorsements of Bonilla.

“Susan Bonilla is a champion for our schools and protecting the Delta,” East County resident and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said.

“Susan Bonilla is a key leader in the effort to protect the Delta, and she has tirelessly opposed the twin tunnels,” Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor said. “She is the best choice for State Senate and I’m proud to endorse her campaign.”

Perry’s support adds to Bonilla’s growing support across Eastern Contra Costa County, where she has already received the support of Oakley Councilmember Sue Higgins, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Congressman Jerry McNerney, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor, Antioch Mayor Wade Harper, Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock, Antioch Councilmembers Mary Rocha, Monica Wilson, and Tony Tiscareno, Pittsburg Mayor Pete Longmire, Pittsburg Councilmembers Sal Evola, Ben Johnson, Nancy Parent, and Will Casey,  and East Bay Regional Park District Board Member Diane Burgis.

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.