East Bay Assemblymember’s Support Provides Key Endorsement in Senate Race

Concord, CA – Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced today that her campaign for the 7th District State Senate seat has earned the key endorsement of East Bay Assemblymember Tony Thurmond. Thurmond was recently sworn in to represent the 15th Assembly District, which is adjacent to the 7th Senate District and shares both Contra Costa and Alameda counties with it.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of Assemblymember Tony Thurmond,” Bonilla said. “As a non-profit leader, school board member, city councilmember, and now Assemblymember, Tony Thurmond has provided real leadership on the big issues facing Californians today – the economy, education, and crime and safety. I’m proud to have his support and look forward to continuing to work together in Sacramento to move our region forward.”

Assemblymember Thurmond support adds to the growing momentum of support for Bonilla. Since announcing her campaign for Senate, Bonilla has already quickly earned the support of:

Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association
United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230
Concord Police Association
Livermore Police Officer’s Association
Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover
Assemblymember Jim Frazier
Antioch Mayor Wade Harper
Antioch Councilmember Monica Wilson
Antioch Councilmember Tony Tiscareno
Concord Mayor Tim Grayson
Concord Treasurer Thomas Wentling
Concord Councilmember Dan Helix
Concord Councilmember Laura Hoffmeister
Danville Mayor Robert Storer
Danville Councilmember Newell Arnerich
Pittsburg Mayor Sal Evola
Pittsburg Councilmember Pete Longmire
Pittsburg Councilmember Ben Johnson
Pittsburg Councilmember Nancy Parent

To learn more, please visit www.susanbonilla.com


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.