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Torlakson to teach college class on politics

Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch, is teaching a college class on politics starting Tuesday night.

The six-week course at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg (click here for details) features everything from the senator’s story as a policymaker to how policy becomes law to a discussion of the major players in Sacramento and the role of money.

It’s part of the college’s “Wild Wild West: Governance & Innovation in California” lecture series.

A spot at the head of the classroom, of course, takes Torlakson back to his roots. He got his start as a high school teacher in Antioch before he was afflicted with the political bug and ran first for local office, then the Board of Supervisors followed by the state Assembly and Senate.

His return to the classroom is also a sign of the future: In 2010, he plans to run for state superintendent of schools.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen