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Tom Torlakson


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1996 Democratic AD-11 81820 Win
11-03-1998 Democratic AD-11 80323 Win
11-07-2000 Democratic SD-07 197683 Win
11-02-2004 Democratic SD-07 282714 Win
11-04-2008 Democratic AD-11 117773 Win
11-02-2010 Nonpartisan Superintendent of Public Instruction 4223116 Win
11-04-2014 Nonpartisan Superintendent of Public Instruction 3167212 Win

Candidate Biography:

Thomas Allen Torlakson
Born: July 19, 1949 in San Francisco, CA
Married: Diana (m. 1970s, div. 2008), Mae Cendaña (m. 2009)
Children: Tiffany Margulici and Tamara Torlakson

1978-1980: Member, Antioch City Council
Previous: Chairman of the Delta Protection Commission
1980-1996: Member, Contra Costa Board of Supervisors

  • CLOSE CONTEST: Torlakson narrowly won a spot in the 1996 General election when he defeated George Miller (son of George Miller) by 943 votes (2.0%).
  • LEGISLATION: Author of Proposition 1A (2004), "which was approved with 83.7% approval, the largest support percentage for any proposition in state history."

Source: California Blue Book (2000)