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Campaign Kicks Off With Endorsement of Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin

Tom's campaign for State Superintendent of Public Instruction formally kicked off with a luncheon on April 3 in Concord. The luncheon's keynote speaker was former SPI Delaine Eastin, who made a passionate speech about the importance of education and investing in our children. Eastin's call for action urged Californians to make our children our top priority again, noting that wise leaders in the past have made these investments even in difficult economic times or times of war. She also endorsed Tom's campaign for SPI, saying, "I think the state of California needs a Superintendent of Public Instruction who is for children. So I am here to endorse Tom Torlakson as State Superintendent of Public Instruction in California." Here's an email Tom sent to his supporters following the event: I officially kicked off my campaign for State Superintendent of Public Instruction on Friday with a luncheon in Concord. It was a wonderful event with terrific positive spirit. I was so honored to have former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin endorse me during her speech today. Her passionate message about improving education in California resonated with the crowd--and with me. My team has posted a video of Delaine's remarks, and you can watch them here. She inspired those in attendance with her thoughts and with her call for action on behalf of our children. I encourage you to click the link so you can hear her speech and learn more about what is at stake in this campaign. I am running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction because I want to make a positive difference in the lives of our state’s students. We have to do what is necessary to make our schools great again. We have to do it if we want to keep our economy strong. We have to do it if we want to succeed in a competitive world. Most of all, we have an obligation to our children to give them the very best we can. We really have no choice. As my effort to become the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction kicks off, I hope you will endorse my campaign and made a donation to help me spread my message throughout this great Golden State. You can endorse my campaign by completing this form. To make a donation with your endorsement--of $10, $25, $50, or whatever you can afford--please click here. Every donation will help ensure my campaign has the resources needed to spread my education message around the state. As a distance runner, and long-distance coach, I have no illusions about the magnitude of the task facing us in this campaign--and afterwards in implementing the positive changes of our plan. I am running for our students. I am positive that with your help we will succeed on election day next June--and then in achieving the reforms and investment needed to return our schools to the levels of greatness and excellence we should expect. Sincerely, Tom

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