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By Julian Peeples

While control of U.S. Congress is still yet to be decided, here in California students, schools and communities are the big winners of Election 2022.

All of CTA’s recommended candidates for statewide office are winning by wide margins in what looks like a clean sweep for the leaders our schools need, including Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. Educator recommendations on the state propositions were similarly successful, with all five of CTA’s endorsed positions victorious (all results unofficial until Dec. 16). Students and educators alike rejoiced when Proposition 28 returns showed voters agree that there should be more funding for arts and music in schools.

Californians said no to Lyft and no to Prop. 30, a massive victory after polls early in the campaign had shown the misleading measure with a double-digit lead. But after a massive public information campaign powered by CTA educators and Gov. Gavin Newsom, voters realized that Prop. 30 was not all it claimed to be.

“With the defeat of Proposition 30, Californians affirmed their support tonight for public education and the integrity of the minimum school funding guarantee, Prop. 98,” CTA President E. Toby Boyd said on Election Night. “Californians support green energy but were not willing to foot the bill for a private corporation and a deceptive measure.”

Educators running for election to school boards across the state were widely successful, with at least 20 CTA members and staff currently winning seats in districts throughout California (including every one of our profiled #EducationChampions). And one educator will likely be moving from the classroom to the Capitol — San Luis Coastal Teachers Association member Dawn Addis is handily winning the race to represent Assembly District 30.

As of this afternoon, the candidates winning for California statewide offices are:

Governor: Gavin Newsom – CTA recommended

Lt. Governor: Eleni Kounalakis – CTA recommended

Secretary of State: Dr. Shirley Weber – CTA recommended

Controller: Malia Cohen – CTA recommended

Treasurer: Fiona Ma – CTA recommended

Attorney General: Rob Bonta – CTA recommended

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond
CTA recommended

Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara – CTA recommended

U.S. Senator: Alex Padilla – CTA recommended


The statewide initiatives currently stand at:

Prop. 1 (Reproductive Freedom): Yes – 65%, No – 35%
CTA recommended Yes

Prop. 26 (Sports Wagering on Tribal Lands): Yes – 29.9%, No – 70.1%
– CTA made no recommendation

Prop. 27 (Online Sports Wagering): Yes – 16.7%, No – 83.3%
CTA recommended No

Prop. 28 (Arts and Music Education Funding): Yes – 61.5%, No – 38.5%
CTA recommended Yes

Prop. 29 (Dialysis Clinics): Yes – 30.1. No – 69.9%
— CTA made no recommendation

Prop. 30 (Lyft Tax Grab): Yes – 40.9%, No – 59.1%
CTA recommended No

Prop. 31 (Ban on Flavored Tobacco): Yes – 62.3%, No – 37.7%
CTA recommended Yes

Visit the Secretary of State’s Election Results page for regular updates to vote counts for statewide office and initiatives, and Legislative and Congressional races. Visit your county registrar of voters for tallies on local elections.

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