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All but seven Contra Costa superintendents endorse Aceves

By Theresa Harrington
Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 5:16 pm in Education, Election.

By Theresa Harrington

Thirteen of 20 Contra Costa County school superintendents have endorsed Larry Aceves in the race for state Superintendent of Public Instruction.

This is a bit surprising, since his opponent is state Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch, a Contra Costa County legislator and Mt. Diablo school district teacher on leave.

“Education leaders agree—it is time that we had an experienced superintendent running our schools,” said Larry Aceves in a news release. “I’m honored that so many local leaders are supporting my campaign.”

Here are the county superintendents backing Aceves:
John Stockton, Acalanes Union High School District
Merrill Grant, Brentwood Union School District
Ken Jacopetti, Byron Union School District
Mike McLaughlin, John Swett Unified School District
Fred Brill, Lafayette School District
Jerry Glenn, Liberty Union High School District
Rami Muth, Martinez Unified School District
Bruce Burns, Moraga School District
Rick Rogers, Oakley Elementary Union School District
Joe Jaconette, Orinda Union School District
Steve Enoch, San Ramon Unified School District
Patty Wool, Walnut Creek School District
Joe Ovick, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools

Superintendents not listed are:
Donald Gill, Antioch
David Doty, Canyon
Theresa Estrada, Knightsen
Steven Lawrence, Mt. Diablo
Linda Rondeaux, Pittsburg
Bruce Harter, West Contra Costa
Helen Benjamin, Contra Costa Community College District

Aceves began his education career in 1974 as a kindergarten teacher at Bayside Elementary School in San Diego. He later went on to serve as a principal at Imperial Beach Elementary School in San Diego and as a superintendent Alum Rock and Franklin-McKinley school districts in San Jose.

Torlakson has received endorsements from several organizations including the California Democratic Party, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, California School Employees Association, California Faculty Association, California Association of Bilingual Educators PAC and the California Community College Independents.

He began his political career on the Antioch City Council, then was elected to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Senate and State Assembly.

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  • Charley Cowens

    You know, Joe Ovick is listed as a Torlakson endorser too.

  • tharrington

    Yes, Ovick is listed on Torlakson’s list of endorsements: http://www.tomtorlakson.com/endorsements.
    Here’s the list of Superintendent endorsements from Torlakson’s website:
    COUNTY AND SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS
    Superintendent Vicki Barber, El Dorado County
    Former Superintendent Bill Barr, Monterey County
    Superintendent Kelly Bowers, Livermore USD
    Superintendent Elliott Duchon, Jurupa USD
    Former Superintendent Herb Fisher, San Bernardino Cty
    Superintendent Sheila Jordan, Alameda County
    Superintendent Barbara Nemko, Napa County
    Superintendent Joseph Ovick, Contra Costa County
    Superintendent Frank Passarella, Lake Elsinore USD
    Superintendent Stan Scheer, Murrieta Valley USD
    Superintendent Susan Silver, Scotts Valley USD
    Superintendent Kenneth M. Young, Riverside County
    Superintendent Michael Watkins, Santa Cruz County Superintendent Carl Wong, Sonoma County

  • Doctor J

    Interesting that four MDUSD Trustees endorse Torlakson and the Supt doesn’t.

  • tharrington

    MDUSD trustees Dick Allen, Gary Eberhart, Linda Mayo and Paul Strange are all listed as Torlakson supporters. Trustee Sherry Whitmarsh is not listed.

  • Doctor J

    Theresa, I see Sherry Whitmarsh listed, and now found Linda Mayo listed, but not in alphabetical order. So now all five are supporting Torlakson.

  • tharrington

    Yes, they appear to be in alphabetical order by last name.
    Here are the Contra Costa County board member endorsements for Torlakson:
    SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
    Board Member Richard Allen, Mt. Diablo USD
    Board Member Gary Eberhart, Mt. Diablo USD
    Board Member Linda Mayo, Mt. Diablo USD
    Board Member Dexter Louie, Moraga SD
    Board Member Kathi McLaughlin, Martinez USD
    Former Board Member Alpha Quincy, Contra Costa County BOE
    Board Member Walter Ruehlig, Antioch USD
    Board Member Paul Strange, Mt. Diablo USD
    Board Member Tony Thurmond, West Contra Costa USD
    Trustee Tomi Van de Brooke, Contra Costa CCD
    Trustee Sherry Whitmarsh, Mt. Diablo USD

    Mt. Diablo appears to be the only full board in the county that has endorsed him.

  • tharrington

    UPDATE: Ovick’s spokeswoman, Peggy Marshburn, called to explain his apparent double-endorsement.
    She said Ovick endorsed Torlakson early on in the primary race, when his main competition was Gloria Romero. Marshburn said Aceves entered the race after Ovick gave his endorsement to Torlakson.
    Ovick supported Torlakson in the primary, she said. After the primary election, Ovick and district superintendents interviewed both candidates, with most deciding to support Aceves because of his experience as a school superintendent, Marshburn said.
    So, Marshburn said, Ovick’s endorsement “has moved to Larry Aceves.”

  • tharrington

    FRIDAY UPDATE: Marshburn called again to say that Mt. Diablo schools Superintendent Steven Lawrence has informed Ovick his name was added to the Aceves endorsement list in error. Lawrence has asked that his name be removed.
    With this amendment, the Aceves list includes all but seven Contra Costa County district superintendents.

  • Doctor J

    Another tap dance by Lawrence. We should chip in for some Arthur Murray lessons for him.

  • Wait a Minute

    You nailed it Dr. J!

    Lawrence HAS to be on the same side as his board right since they have protected and shielded him through all his scandals and screwups!!!

  • Just a thought

    Maybe Lawrence doesn’t make any decisions on his own. Maybe Lawrence’s first endorsement was HIS endorsement.
    Maybe Lawrence has sold his soul for $250,000.
    Just a thought.