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Press Release: Bates, Hancock, Skinner Endorse Josh Daniels for School Board

From Josh Daniels
Thursday August 12, 2010 - 10:17:00 AM

State Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates have all joined in endorsing Josh Daniels as a consensus choice in the Berkeley School Board race. 

“I am honored to have the endorsements of three of Berkeley’s finest and most experienced elected officials. I look forward to working alongside them to ensure that our schools work successfully for all students,” said Daniels. 

Senator Hancock, Assemblymember Skinner and Mayor Bates now headline a long list of endorsers, including the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, a majority of the Berkeley City Council, past and present Berkeley School Board members, and hundreds of Berkeley teachers, staff and parents. 

Yesterday was the candidate filing deadline for the Nov. 2 election for the three open School Board seats. 

“I’m supporting Josh for the financial expertise and insight he will bring to the School Board, something that is particularly important given the current economic and budget crisis,” said Senator Hancock. “And he is a graduate of our Berkeley Schools.” 

Daniels, a school finance attorney and a former school district financial advisor, grew up in Berkeley and attended Washington Elementary School, Willard Middle School and Berkeley High School. 

In endorsing Daniels, Assemblymember Skinner said, “I enthusiastically support Josh Daniels for Berkeley School Board. Josh brings expertise in school finance and a commitment to educational success for each and every one of our children. As a former member of the City Council and parent of a Berkeley High graduate, I can tell you that Josh is just the person we need now on the School Board.” 

“I am proud to support Josh Daniels for School Board. He’s a graduate of the Berkeley public schools and a strong advocate for our kids,” said Mayor Bates. “Josh understands school finance and, as the co-founder of the Student Court at BHS, he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of Berkeley’s students.” In 2005, while in law school at UC Berkeley, Daniels started the Berkeley High Student Court, a successful alternative discipline program that empowers, engages and serves students of all backgrounds and abilities. 

As a School Board member, Daniels will build on the remarkable strengths of Berkeley schools: award-winning schools, a supportive community, dedicated and hard-working teachers and staff, the 2020 Vision, and a diverse student body that enriches the experience of all students. He will also develop solutions to resolve the equally significant challenges that the District faces: ongoing budget deficits and persistent racial, linguistic and socioeconomic inequities. 


Daniels’ official campaign kickoff will take place on Sunday, Sep. 18, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at 2210 Grant St. in Berkeley. For more information: ### 


Josh Daniels for School Board | Box 3997 Berkeley, CA 94703 | 510-213-VOTE | |