Barack Obama flashpoint in California schools chief race, though he hasn’t weighed in

Who gets to use Barack Obama‘s image in a political advertisement and when?

State superintendent of public instruction candidate Tony Thurmond and his supporters are trying to make a campaign issue out of a mailer for opponent Marshall Tuck that prominently features the former president.

Thurmond, a Democratic assemblyman from Richmond, and Tuck, a former charter school executive, are locked in a wide-open race for the nonpartisan office that oversees California’s Department of Education. It has attracted interest from teachers unions on one side and wealthy individuals who would like to overhaul public education on the other, resurfacing a dynamic that drove a contentious and costly election in 2014.

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