Pasadena, April 12, 2012 - Chris Holden (D), a candidate for State Assembly in the 41st district, has received the endorsement of the California Teachers Association (CTA), his campaign announced today.
"Public education in California stands at a critical juncture, and our legislators play a vital role in determining whether our schools will receive the resources and support they need to properly educate our kids," said Dean E. Vogel, president of CTA. "Chris Holden understands this challenge, and will be a strong advocate for public education in the State Assembly."
"Quality public schools and colleges are absolutely crucial to California's economic future," Chris Holden said. "As a public servant and a father, I'm committed to making sure that our public education system is world-class, and I'm pleased to have the support of CTA for my campaign."
Holden has also received the support of other state and local education organizations and leaders, including the California Federation of Teachers, Pasadena USD board president Renatta Cooper, and board members Ed Honowitz and Tom Selenske. Pasadena City College trustees Berlinda Brown and Jeanette Mann have also endorsed Holden's Assembly bid.
Holden is a business leader who has served for more than two decades on the Pasadena City Council. He led the fight to create the city's first living wage ordinance, helped manage utility deregulation and fought for the Gold Line that connects Pasadena to Los Angeles. Holden also created the task force that led to the creation of Paseo Colorado and reconnected the historic civic center and new convention center, a key project in the revitalization of downtown Pasadena.