Thurmond, Tony

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Political Affiliation:


Response Legend

  • YYes
  • NNo
  • Declined to Respond/Undecided, Position Unknown/Unclear
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should California amend its Constitution to remove current limitations and codify abortion until birth as a constitutional right? (e.g., Prop 1, 2022) Y Note: Tweet, 6/24/22 "The Supreme Court just struck down Roe V. Wade, eliminating a half-century’s worth of progress in the women’s rights movement. Here in CA, we’re fighting back to protect women’s right to choose & ensure their own reproductive freedoms in making medical decisions. #SCA10" Endorsed by Planned Parenthood.
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2. Should California require medical providers to undergo “cultural competency courses” on racial politics and sexual and gender identity to have their license renewed by the state? (e.g., AB 2194, 2022) -
3. Should California adult citizens be required to pass a background check before buying ammunition? -
4. Should California require high school students to take an Ethnic Studies course that teaches Critical Race Theory before graduating? Y Note: Tweet, 6/19/22 "Still much work to do but proud of CA efforts to teach ethnic studies & promote anti-bias education in our schools."; Tweet, 9/7/20 "We’re building training programs 2 help our 10,000 schools address impacts of bias & race in schools & developing a 1st in nation state-wide ethnic studies model curriculum 4 districts 2 use as guide 4 conversations w/students about contributions by people of color in CA."; EdSource: "Thurmond emphasized that students have said repeatedly during focus groups that they want ethnic studies."
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5. Should California women’s prisons be required to admit biological males who self-identify as female? -
6. Would you (or did you) support requiring all insurance plans to provide elective surgical abortions for free, with no deductibles or copays copays? (e.g., SB 245, 2022) - Note: Voted Yea on SB320
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7. Should minors age 15 or older be allowed to consent to vaccines without parental permission? (e.g., SB 866, 2022) -
8. Would you (or did you) support the legalization of loitering for prostitution? (e.g., SB 357, 2022) -
9. Would you (or did you) support the establishment of government-sponsored drug injection centers? (e.g., SB 57, 2022) -
10. Would you (or did you) support legislation prohibiting employers from making hiring decisions based on an employee’s use of cannabis away from the workplace or traces of non-psychoactive cannabis found during drug testing? (e.g., AB 2188, 2022) -
11. Should California taxpayers fund transgender treatments for minors, including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex-change operations? (e.g., AB 2218, 2020; AB 2521, 2022) -
12. Should California require Peace Officers to undergo a “bias evaluation” that includes sexual orientation and gender identity? (e.g., AB 2229, 2022) -