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San Diego Unites to Support Tom Torlakson for State Superintenent


The Tom Torlakson for Superintendent campaign announced a comprehensive list of San Diego-area endorsements today.

Over the weekend, Torlakson won a key endorsement from the San Diego Union-Tribune, which wrote that he "has bipartisan support... and offers thoughtful plans for getting businesses more involved with schools to help shape a better-prepared and more productive work force."

Torlakson is also endorsed by Congressman Bob Filner, State Senator Christine Kehoe, Assemblymember Lori Saldana, Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher, Assemblymember Mary Salas, Assemblymember Marty Block, Former Assemblymember Howard Wayne, 40th Senate District nominee Juan Vargas, San Diego City Council President Ben Hueso, the San Diego School Police Officers Association, SDUSD Board Member Frank Barrera, SDUSD Board Member John Lee Evans, SDUSD Board Member Rich Grosch, SDUSD Board Member Sheila Jackson, Former San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Jim Madaffer, San Diego Democratic Club, San Diego School Police Officers Association, Vista Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4107, Lemon Grove Councilmember George Gastil, Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka, Coronado Unified School District Board Member Doug Metz, National City Vice Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, and the Democratic Party of San Diego.

A second-generation teacher, Torlakson has applied his experience as a science teacher and high school coach to reform the way public education works as a member of the State Legislature. Torlakson has acted to improve student nutrition and physical education, give schools the funding support they need to ensure academic achievement, and reduce the dropout rate. He has also worked diligently to protect education funding.

As Superintendent for Public Instruction, Torlakson will work to ensure parents can send their children to a safe, high-quality school in their own neighborhood. He also wants to expand career and technical education for high school students, protect college-prep courses and arts and music programs, fight to reduce the drop-out rate and close the achievement gap, and make sure the management of local school districts measures up to the highest standards of excellence.

More information on Torlakson's campaign and his endorsements can be found at




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