Press Release: Congressman George Miller Endorses Tony Thurmond for Assembly

From the Tony Thurmond Campaign
Thursday January 23, 2014 - 04:00:00 PM

Richmond, CA – Congressman George Miller, one of California's most respected members of Congress and a recognized leader on education, labor and the environment, announced today his endorsement of Tony Thurmond for State Assembly, District 15. Miller represents Congressional District 11, which includes Richmond, San Pablo, Walnut Creek, Concord and Orinda.  

“Tony Thurmond’s lifelong work helping children escape tragedy and poverty, along with his proven experience as a city council and school board member, make him the best choice to represent us in the State Assembly,” said Congressman George Miller. “Tony understands that when we break the cycle of childhood poverty and trauma, we make our economy stronger and our streets safer.” 

Miller continued, “Tony Thurmond gets it – when we get it right for our kids, schools, seniors and families, we get it right for California. I will be proud to cast my vote for Tony Thurmond for State Assembly.” 

Miller’s endorsement adds to the growing momentum for Thurmond’s campaign for Assembly. He has already garnered support from the California Nurses Association, Richmond Police Officers Association, Richmond Firefighters Local 188, Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association, California State Legislative Black Caucus, former Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, the Black American Political Action Committee of Contra Costa County, Contra Costa County Supervisors John Gioia and Federal Glover, local educators, community leaders and many more. 

“I’m so grateful and humbled to have Congressman George Miller’s support,” said Tony Thurmond. “For the last 40 years, he has been an ardent advocate for youth and the author of key education, labor and health policies, improving life for families, college students and seniors.” 

Thurmond continued, “As a member of the Assembly, I will champion legislation that improves the lives of California’s youth and families with the same tirelessness as Congressman George Miller. I will fight every day to ensure that we give our children a California as good as its promise.” 

“I am running because our Assembly district needs a leader who understands that our community’s challenges are interconnected, and as a former school board member and city council member, I have over 20 years of experience doing the real work to improve our schools, create sustainable jobs, make our streets safer, and fight for economic and environmental justice.” 

Tony Thurmond is running in Assembly District 15, which includes Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, North Oakland, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond and San Pablo. Current Assemblymember Nancy Skinner has held this seat since 2008 and will be termed out in November. 

Thurmond is a former elected member of the Richmond City Council and School Trustee for the West Contra Costa Unified School District. He has the most elected experience of any of the candidates in the 2014 Assembly primary for the 15th District, which includes all the areas Thurmond has represented. 

Learn more about Tony Thurmond’s campaign to make children and families a priority in California at: www.TonyThurmond.com