LA senator to run against Torlakson for schools chief

State Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, has dropped out of the congressional campaign for the seat of Rep. Hilda Solis and will instead run in 2010 for state superintendent of public instruction. Solis has been tapped to become President-elect Barack Obama’s labor secretary.

Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch

Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch

The announcement may not  gladden the heart of Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch. He has been running for the state’s top education post for more than a year. Torlakson, who termed out of the state senate in 2008 and won a final term on the Assembly, spent $122,000 on the schools chief campaign last year.

It’s a big jump to run from legislative seat in a county of one milion to a statewide office. It takes substantial cash to put your name before voters across this vast state.

Romero has a couple of built-in advantanges — she is a woman, a Latina and has a very large voter base in Los Angeles.

On the other hand, Torlakson is a tenatious campaigner and it would be unwise to underestimate him if he decides to stay the course.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen