Meet Your Candidates

These candidates were interviewed and evaluated in a democratic and member-driven process for each office over a two-day period. The decision-making process and deliberations were arduous. In considering recommendations of candidates for each office, the CTA interview teams, which were comprised of 30 CTA leaders and members from throughout the state, sought to evaluate the candidates on a variety of criteria. The criteria are available at

Gavin Newsom for Governor


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He is a proven advocate for our students, public schools and colleges. He knows that educational excellence does not come from Sacramento, but from the daily devotion of those on education’s front lines.

Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction


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His lifetime of commitment to at-risk youth and public education makes him the only choice to lead the state’s school system. He supports adequate funding, community schools, and attracting and retaining quality educators.

Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor


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A strong supporter of increased accountability and transparency in California’s charter schools, he has a proven track record of supporting students, educators and public education.

Xavier Becerra for Attorney General


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He is an advocate for working families, affordable healthcare and the environment. He believes in protecting the rights of educators and all workers to come together to negotiate learning and working conditions.

Alex Padilla for Secretary of State


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His support of public education includes advocacy for English learners. As a state Senator, Padilla authored legislative measures to identify and implement best practices in English learner curriculum and instruction statewide.

Betty Yee for State Controller


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She is a product of San Francisco public schools with 30 years of public service. She cofounded the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project to involve California high school youths in the public service, public policy, and political arenas.

Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner


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A passionate believer in the power of public education, he is driven by a vision for the future that includes protecting the health of our students. CTA worked with Lara to pass Proposition 58, which repealed bilingual education restrictions in our classrooms.

Fiona Ma for State Treasurer


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She is a lifelong champion for public education and believes that public schools are the great equalizer.

Connie Conway for Board of Equalization 1


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A former state Assembly member and Republican minority leader, she is committed to talking with stakeholders through education issues before making any recommendations or decisions on the Board of Equalization.

Neutral – Board of Equalization 2

Both candidates, Senator Cathleen Galgiani and San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen, are highly qualified and have spent many years in public office. Both understand education issues, tax issues, and are committed to continuing to work with educators. The choice is yours.