Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers and Local School Board Members Endorse Former Classroom Teacher for District 3

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Today, former classroom teacher Andy Thorburn picked up a wave of new education-centric endorsements in his campaign to represent Orange County's Board of Education District 3. Those endorsing the former educator, include the following:

  • Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers Local 1794

  • Ocean View School Board Member Gina Clayton-Tarvin

  • La Habra School Board Member Cynthia Aguirre

  • Fullerton Elementary School District Board Member Aaruni Thakur

In making public their endorsements, Thorburn's new supporters released the following statements of support:

"Classroom teachers proudly support Andy Thorburn for the Orange County Board of Education District 3. As a former classroom teacher and AFT leader, Andy Thorburn has proven himself as someone who is deeply dedicated to improving public schools. We know he will work hard to deliver the building blocks of change to the Board of Education, investing in classrooms - not bureaucracy, expanding STEM course options, extracurricular activities and ensuring that all students receive a well-rounded and world-class education. We are with Andy Thorburn 100%!."
-- Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers Local 1794 President Britt Dowdy

"As a former classroom teacher, Andy Thorburn understands the critical importance of investments in education to help build great neighborhood schools. I'm proud to endorse Andy for Orange County Supervisor because he will be a bold voice for students, parents, teachers and better schools. I know he will bring pragmatism and effective leadership to the Board”
-- Ocean View School Board Member Gina Clayton-Tarvin

“I know what it’s like to be an advocate for students, teachers and families on a school board, and that’s why I am so happy to endorse Andy Thorburn. He has the values and the experience our schools need.”
-- La Habra School Board Member Cynthia Aguirre

“Providing a quality education and a safe place to learn is one of government’s most important responsibilities. It’s a hard job, and it requires smart and capable leaders. That’s why I’m endorsing Andy Thorburn for school board. His background and his temperament make him an excellent choice.” 
-- Fullerton Elementary School District Board Member Aaruni Thakur

Last week, Thorburn released a new digital ad in his campaign, titled "Building Blocks of Change.” The spot underscores the former educator's commitment to improving Orange County's local public schools.

To view the ad, "Building Blocks of Change," click on the image below:

Andy Thorburn is a former classroom teacher, workers' rights advocate and successful businessman who is running to represent the Orange County Board of Education's 3rd District. He has worked as an educator and entrepreneur, and at each phase in his life, he has prioritized the principle that any organization - a county or a company - gets the best results if it treats its people fairly, with dignity, and holds itself to a standard of excellence. 

After college, Thorburn started his career in public service as a high school teacher in Newark, New Jersey. His leadership abilities were recognized almost immediately, and he was elected to a senior position in the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Also while teaching, Thorburn attended graduate school at Jersey City University. Thorburn also later served on the boards of the local United Family Agency, an organization from which he adopted his children, and the local YMCA.

After leaving the classroom, Thorburn founded a small business that specialized in selling insurance to working families, particularly classroom teachers. This launched a truly remarkable career in business and philanthropy that has led to him creating hundreds of jobs and providing retirement security to countless Americans at home and abroad. 

Previously, Thorburn led the international company Global Benefits Group and he's also the founder of the Global Benefits Group Foundation - a nonprofit that provides innovative new methods of financing like microloans to those who need them the most. 

Thorburn has also been very active in community service organizations, including his current role on the Board of the Community Action Fund at the local Planned Parenthood chapter and the Executive Board of the Huntington Disease Taskforce. He had previously been active at Rotary International.

Thorburn has begun the process of building a broad coalition of students, educators, parents, and local elected officials, all of whom share his vision of providing a comprehensive public education to every student in Orange County.

Thorburn has been married to his wife Karen for 36 years, and they have two children together. Andy and Karen live in Orange County, where they have lived for the past 18 years.

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