Victory! Thurmond, Lara emerge as winners

After weeks of ballots being counted, the results are finally in and two CFA-endorsed candidates have been declared winners in their bid for statewide office.

Tony Thurmond secured the post of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Ricardo Lara was declared the victor in the race for state Insurance Commissioner.

Thurmond, a social worker and Assemblymember who has stood beside CFA in contract fights to improve faculty salaries, beat charter school venture capitalist Marshall Tuck 50.9% to 49.1% respectively.

As Superintendent of Public Instruction, Thurmond will be an Ex Officio member of the CSU Board of Trustees.

Lara, a state Senator and San Diego State alumnus, has collaborated with CFA for years in our efforts to improve faculty working conditions and student learning conditions. Lara beat incumbent Steve Poizner 52.6% to 47.4% respectively.

“It is so heartening to know that we have allies who will advocate for our CSU students and colleagues, and who hold fast to social justice values and principles and the need to protect public higher education,” said Margarita Berta-Ávila, President of CFA’s Capitol Chapter and a Professor of Education at Sacramento State.

Congratulations to Tony Thurmond and Ricardo Lara, and all CFA-endorsed candidates who succeeded in the election!