Could Richmond’s Thurmond become Biden’s education secretary?

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Richmond resident Tony Thurmond, who currently serves as California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction, was named Wednesday in a Washington Post report among potential candidates to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.

In the report, titled “Who Joe Biden is picking to fill his White House and Cabinet,” the Post said Biden has indicated he will name a public school educator, likely from the K-12 world, to succeed the Trump Administration’s Betsy DeVos, who has no public school experience.

“Among those talked about for the job include a handful of big-city school superintendents, such as Sonja Santelises from Baltimore, or a state superintendent such as Tony Thurmond of California or Angelica Infante-Green of Rhode Island,” the newspaper states.

Thurmond was elected as California State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2018. He previously served as assemblymember representing the 15th Assembly district, and before that served on the Richmond City Council and West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education. His two daughters reportedly attend WCCUSD schools.