O’Donnell Receives Endorsement From California Teachers Association in Bid For 70th Assembly District

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Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell - Photo from patrick-odonnell.com/

Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell – Photo from patrick-odonnell.com/

This week the organization representing over 300,000 California classroom teachers made a rare early endorsement, throwing their support behind Patrick O’Donnell’s bid in the 70th Assembly District.

“Classroom teachers and school staff support Patrick O’Donnell because he has the experience, vision, and leadership necessary to protect and improve our schools,” said Dean Vogel, President of the California Teachers Association. “As a classroom teacher, city councilmember, and community leader, Patrick has shown his ability to bring people together to solve the challenges facing our schools and communities. We need leaders like him in the State Assembly.”

“I’m proud to have the support and confidence of my fellow teachers,” said O’Donnell, a high school teacher and Long Beach City Councilmember. “I will make education and restoring funding to our classrooms a priority in the Assembly, and ensure that parents, students, and teachers have a voice in Sacramento.”

The CTA joins an impressive list of endorsements for O’Donnell in his bid to replace termed-out Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal. They include the California Nurses Association, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, retired Senator Betty Karnette, Teamsters Joint Council 42, among many other local elected officials, community members, and labor organizations.

Patrick O’Donnell is a classroom teacher with nearly twenty years’ experience teaching high school and middle school. He was first elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2004, where he has been a strong and effective advocate for public safety, working families, and improving local neighborhoods.  In 2012, he was the first council member to be re-elected as a write-in candidate in the City of Long Beach. He was born and raised in Long Beach, attended local schools, and lives in the city with his wife and two school age daughters.

The 70th District includes the communities of Long Beach, Signal Hill and San Pedro, as well as the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles as well as Catalina Island.  According to the most recent campaign finance reports, O’Donnell significantly outraised his closest opponent and holds a 7-1 cash on hand advantage.

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