Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond Endorses Pilar Schiavo for Assembly

Schiavo earns first statewide elected official endorsement in race to flip 38th District

Chatsworth, CA -- Today, Pilar Schiavo announced the support of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond in her race to flip the 38th Assembly District. Thurmond’s endorsement is the first endorsement from a statewide elected official in the race, and comes on the heels of other critical endorsements from Asm. Lorena Gonzalez, Senators Connie Leyva and Maria Elena Durazo, and the first union endorsements made in the race.

“I have seen Pilar do the hard work to deliver for her community - on housing, healthcare, jobs, and on the PTA at her daughter’s public school,” said Superintendent Thurmond. “I am honored to support her in her Assembly race and look forward to working with her to improve our state.”

As an educator, parent, former legislator and now Superintendent of Public Instruction, Thurmond knows what it takes to deliver for our communities, our families, and our children. Fighting for our public schools and our youth, and ensuring education is a top priority in the legislature and our budget, are values Thurmond and Schiavo have in common.

“My decades of work in the labor movement was inspired by my work with at-risk youth and the stress they experienced when their families struggled to make ends meet. Knowing what that feels like when your family struggles fueled my desire to ensure all students have access to a quality education, regardless of their zip code,” said Schiavo. “As the mom of a young daughter in public school, where I served on the Leadership Council and in the PTA, I will always bring that perspective to my work. I look forward to collaborating again with Superintendent Thurmond to deliver for our kids and their families.”

Pilar has spent her career working to uplift working families. For almost 13 years, Pilar worked with California Nurses Association (CNA), most recently deploying nurses for disaster relief and humanitarian missions. She's also worked with UNITE-HERE Local 11, SEIU, AFL-CIO, the San Francisco Labor Council, all with the one goal of uplifting families. Pilar has been active in her community for years, initiating and co-founding West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) and the West Valley People's Alliance (WVPA), serving on the PTA at her daughter's public school, and was elected to the Leadership & School Site Councils. Pilar lives with her daughter Sofia and her stepdaughter Germany in Chatsworth.