Marshall Tuck conceded defeat Wednesday in the race for state superintendent of public instruction, losing to incumbent Tom Torlakson following a hugely expensive campaign in which outside interests spent nearly $15 million in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s election.
“Sixteen months ago we set out on this journey to do one thing: put children first and ensure that every child has equal access to a quality education. And despite yesterday’s loss, I couldn’t be prouder of the unique coalition of parents, community leaders, teachers, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents we built along the way,” Tuck said in a statement that did not mention Torlakson.
“Together we proved that in California there is a growing call for change and that parents, kids and families can have a voice in education,” he said.
Tuck’s statement came several hours after Torlakson declared victory.
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The schools chief post is the only nonpartisan statewide post. In other contests, Republicans fell short for two offices in which they were given an outside chance at victory: The Associated Press called the controller’s race for Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, a Democrat, who defeated Republican Ashley Swearengin, the mayor of Fresno.
In the race for secretary of state, state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, defeated Republican Pete Peterson, the director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University.
“Just off phone congratulating @SenAlexPadilla,” Peterson posted on Twitter a short while ago. “Now we both return to work on improving civic partic in a state that desp needs it.#capolitics.”
Minutes later, Padilla posted, “Thank you, California! Honored to be your next Secretary of State.”
Call Jim Miller, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5521. Follow him on Twitter @jimmiller2.