Early Education Champions Win Big in June Primary

CSEE PAC-Endorsed Assembly Candidates Holly Mitchell, Anthony Rendon, Richard Pan, and Roger Dickinson move on to the November General Election

SACRAMENTO– Four state assembly candidates endorsed by the Californians for the Support of Early Education’s Political Action Committee (CSEE PAC) have qualified for the November General Election, with a fifth contest possibly advancing an endorsed candidate as well.


The primary-leading candidates include incumbents Holly Mitchell (Assembly District 54), Richard Pan (AD 9), and Roger Dickinson (AD 7), as well as first time candidate Anthony Rendon (AD 63). In the hotly contested Assembly District 46, CSEE PAC-endorsed candidates Andrew Lachman and Brian Johnson are in the top four, with less than 100 votes separating the runners-up and a recount likely. These successful campaigns demonstrate that even in a time of severe budget shortfalls, voters will reward leaders who have a strong platform to support high quality early education for all of California’s children.


“California’s children need more advocates in the legislature like Anthony Rendon, Brian Johnson, and Andrew Lachman, who will fight reductions in high quality programs that promote school readiness and invest in our children’s potential,” said John Harris, chair of CSEE PAC, “The effective leadership demonstrated by Holly Mitchell, Richard Pan, and Roger Dickinson needs the support of additional allies in the legislature, to prevent short-sighted cuts this year, and lay the foundation for producing a competitive workforce in the future.”


Since 2008, California has cut nearly $1 billion from preschool and child care programs, with another $469 million proposed to be cut this year, eliminating 30,000 spaces for children. A growing coalition of business leaders, law enforcement officers, researchers, K-12 education leaders, and child development advocates believe that providing a high quality early education to all children is a critical foundation for improving school effectiveness, reducing crime, and becoming more economically competitive.

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