After initially being down nearly 100,000 votes on election day, Assemblyman Tony Thurmond picked up the votes needed to surpass his opponent, Marshall Tuck, and will be the next Superintendent in California. While not officially certified, Thurmond has accepted Tuck’s concession and is the projected winner.
I want to thank the voters of CA for electing me to serve the 6 million students of CA. I intend to be a champion of public schools & a Superintendent for all CA students. I want to thank Marshall Tuck for his gracious call to congratulate me & wish me well. Time to get to work!
— Tony Thurmond (@TonyThurmond) November 17, 2018
Thurmond has named Lupita Cortez Alcalá, the executive director of the California Student Aid Commission, as his chief deputy superintendent. Alcalá also previously led the California DoE charter school division, “giving grants to charter schools and overseeing charter schools approved by the state board.”
Thurmond won with heavy support from Teacher’s unions, and took a more extreme view than his opponent when it comes to charter schools suggesting “a “pause” on new charter schools might be necessary until new revenues are found to offset the dollars that districts lose when their students move to charters.”
Read more about the election and Superintendent-elect Thurmond here.