That work so far has included new rules for charter schools (specifically dealing with the practice of overpaying principals of failed schools), safety standards in preschools, arts education, and garnering bipartisan support for measures that would (and will) address workplace discrimination and bullying.
"What I've been putting out there is that I think there is some unfinished business," he says.
First, though, there's the November election, which now might include Republican Rene “Coach P” Plasencia, who lost to Pena in the 2012 primary. Plasencia will have to beat out some retired police detective named Ed Rodriguez in the August primary, and likely will with a little help from his friends. If re-elected, Saunders promises to keep rolling with his momentum.
"I hope that what I get to do in my next term is an extension of what I’ve done so far," he says.