ELECTION: Marty Block runs for state Assembly

Sofia Cancino

“I have worked long and hard for my community on a local level, but we need leadership in Sacramento that will fight for all San Diego and I will lead that fight,” says Marty Block’s website.

Block is running as a democratic candidate for the state Assembly, District 78. Currently the Board President for San Diego Community College District, he is also the judge pro-tem for the San Diego Superior Court.

If elected, Block claims his priorities would be job creation, economic development, educational access and excellence, affordable and accessible health care, improved public safety, and environmental protection. Block claims that he’s going to put in an effort to enhance educational opportunities and reduce crime and spur economic empowerment for all Californians.

Block is covering in his many campaigns his support for the California Teachers Association, California Nurses Association and San Diego Police Officers Association. His resume includes many years of community service and civic involvement.

Block was a commissioner for San Diego County Commission on Children, Youth and Families. He was also a member for San Diego County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, and the former Government Relations Chair for the San Diego Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Block has also worked with the San Diego Superior Court as judge pro tem, then at San Diego State University for 26 years as professor, dean and founding chair/director of the National Higher Education Law and Policy institute, and retired member of the California Faculty Association. Block was elected to the San Diego Community College District of Trustees 2000, 2004 and 2008, San Diego County Board of Education, 1986 and 1990.

Block set a booth in front of the City College cafeteria, conveniently front row seat to the Rock the Vote concert, which featured such bands as Endoxi, and neighboring the “Take Charge” booth, helping people kick their smoking habits.

An attendant to the booth and a new supporter to the Marty Block campaign, April Dreischmeger, said, “I worked on the campaign for Marty Block. I think he would do really good in office. I think he has a lot of good endorsements…Most importantly, health care for me.”