Democratic Women of Monterey County invite the public to join us for an in-depth look at public education in the State. Two knowledgeable and outspoken leaders address the March luncheon. Tony Thurmond is a State Assembly member who has served the people of California for 10 years in elected office. His top priority has been to fund and reform public education. He is a member of the Assembly Education Committee and chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education. Mr. Thurmond is a candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Deneen Guss is the Deputy Superintendent of the Monterey County Office of Education. She has served in district and site leadership positions for over 17 years and taught at the elementary level for 10 years. Ms. Guss is dedicated to her community and serves on numerous local non-profit organizations. She is a Leadership Team member of Bright Futures, which is an alliance of businesses, educators, non-profits, government agencies, and parents engaged collaboratively to strengthen the Monterey County community by improving the educational success of young people. Ms. Guss is a candidate for County Superintendent.