Bonilla’s campaign continues to steamroll the competition In SD-7 Special Election

Concord, CA – Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced today that her campaign for State Senate has earned the endorsement of the California Democratic Party. The vote was cast at a local endorsing caucus, made up entirely of local Democrats residing in Senate District 7 and convened by the state party. Bonilla earned 87 votes out of 119 cast, earning 73.1% percent and easily clearing the 60% threshold for a formal endorsement.

In special elections the endorsing caucus’s vote provides a formal endorsement by the state party – unlike the “recommendation for endorsement” that is provided during regular election cycles. With today’s vote, Bonilla is officially the candidate of the California Democratic Party.

“I’m proud to have the support of local Democrats and the California Democratic Party,” Susan Bonilla said. “As a lifelong Democrat, this endorsement is deeply meaningful to me. I’m proud to be our party’s standard-bearer in the March 17th Primary.”

This vote quickly follows her endorsement by the Concord Democratic Party Club. Since launching her campaign, Bonilla has built a strong base of support and strong momentum. She’s recently earned the highly coveted support of Congressman Mark DeSaulnier – who represented this district before being elected to Congress this fall, Congressman Mike Thompson, former Congresswoman and Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher, PORAC, AFSCME Council 57 and Local 2700, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, and the California Professional Firefighters.

Since announcing for State Senate in November, Bonilla has quickly earned the support of:

AFSCME Council 57
AFSCME Local 2700
California Professional Firefighters
CALFIRE Local 2881
Peace Officers Research Association of California
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
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
Ironworkers Local 378
Probation Peace Officers Association of Contra Costa County
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
Congressman Mike Thompson
Congresswoman and Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher (ret.)
Assemblymember Jim Frazier
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
Assemblymember Richard Bloom
Assemblymember Roger Hernandez
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez
Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston
Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer
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 Pete Longmire
Pittsburg Treasurer Nancy Parent
Pittsburg Councilmember Sal Evola
Pittsburg Councilmember Ben Johnson
Pittsburg Councilmember Merl Craft
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.