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Ex-L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa expected to enter governor’s race shortly

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Ex-L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa expected to enter governor’s race shortly

Lt. Gov. started banking cash more than a year ago in advance of a run, and state Treasurer John Chiang sounds like he’s getting in. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to become a candidate shortly, after flirting with a possible run for years.

 

“I have a lot of service left in me,” Villaraigosa told a group of Democrats at the party’s state convention last month, in what appeared to be a slightly muffled reference to his intentions.

 

There’s been no announcement by Villaraigosa but “I fully expect he’s going to run for governor,” said Democratic strategist Roger Salazar, who is close to the former mayor.

 

The list is likely to get longer. Former eBay executive and state controller is giving it a close look, and billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer is considering a run. The incumbent mayor in Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, is gearing up for a re-election campaign next year but would also be on a list of possible contenders.

 

The race to replace Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018 is emerging as a potentially historic and crowded competition that could bring the state its first Asian governor, the first Hispanic in modern times or, maybe, the first woman to hold the job.

 


The race to replace Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018 is emerging as a potentially historic and crowded competition that could bring the state its first Asian governor, the first Hispanic in modern times or, maybe, the first woman to hold the job.


Also published on Medium.

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