Superintendent to Public Instruction Candidates

Action News Now is breaking down the candidates in major races in the 2018 Midterm Elections.

Posted: Nov 2, 2018 6:16 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2018 1:08 PM


Marshall Tuck - 2,622,235 votes, 51 percent 
Tony Thurmond - 2,494,055 votes, 49 percent 

**REMINDER: These are the unofficial results from the midterm elections. All official results must be certified by the Secretary of State.


One of the major races on the ballot on Nov. 6 is for Superintendent to Public Instruction. 


  • As the state’s chief of public schools, provides education policy direction to local school districts, and works with the educational community to improve academic performance.

  • Heads the Department of Education and carries out policies set by the State Board of Education.

  • Serves as an ex-officio member of governing boards of the state’s higher education system.


Tony K. Thurmond


"I am running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction because I believe high-quality public schools are the key to California’s future. Education saved my life, enabling me to overcome humble beginnings. I was raised by a single mother who emigrated from Panama to become a teacher. She lost her battle to cancer when I was just 6 years old—so I grew up thinking college was out of reach. But with the help of supportive teachers and a strong public education, I became student body president at my university, and went on to earn two master’s degrees..." 

To read Thurmond's full candidate statement, CLICK HERE

Marshall Tuck


"As the son of a public school teacher, the product of public schools, and a public school parent, I believe strongly in the power of public schools. But California’s public schools need big changes to give all students the education they deserve. I’m running for State Superintendent because I’ve led public school systems that delivered real results for kids. Working with teachers and parents, we put more funding into classrooms, reduced bureaucracy, and prepared more students for college and careers. I helped create 10 new public high schools in low-income neighborhoods—and 8 of them were ranked among the top high schools in America by U.S. News & World Report..."

To read Tuck's full candidate statement, CLICK HERE

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