News: African American Leaders Choose Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

News: African American Leaders Choose Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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May 3, 2018


Elected Officials and Faith and Community Leaders Cite His Record on Education, Housing and Jobs

Los Angeles – Today, more than a dozen African American elected officials and faith leaders joined together to announce their support for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor outside of the iconic Los Angeles Sentinel, one of the oldest African American newspapers in the nation.

Los Angeles Sentinel executive editor Danny Bakewell, Jr. said, “Antonio Villaraigosa isn’t one of those politicians who just shows up at election time. He’s stood with us, year in and year out, for decades. When he’s Governor, he’ll bring that understanding of our community right into the Governor’s office.” The Los Angeles Sentinel was founded in 1933 and is one of the most successful African American newspapers in the country, with more than 150,000 subscribers.

Former Assembly Speaker and Los Angeles Council President Herb Wesson, Jr. commented, “I worked with Antonio Villaraigosa to build affordable housing when he was Mayor and I know he’s committed to doing even more as Governor. Antonio understands that affordable housing gives more families the opportunity to reach for their dreams.”

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Curren D. Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson endorsed Villaraigosa, joined by LA City Commissioners Gail Willis, Felicia Brannon and Cheryl Turner.

Local elected leaders outside of LA also came together to support Villaraigosa. Inglewood Mayor James Butts noted, “Antonio Villaraigosa is committed to lifting up every part of California, so that kids in every neighborhood have a fair chance at success.” Compton Mayor Aja Brown added, “Antonio Villaraigosa pushed through the most ambitious transit system expansion in history, and made sure that every part of LA County got its fair share. Now that’s becoming a reality.”

Inglewood Councilmembers George Dotson and Ralph Franklin, and Carson Mayor Pro Tem Jawane Hilton and Carson Councilmember Cedric Hicks also appeared to endorse Villaraigosa.

Faith leaders joined together today to provide their support for Villaraigosa. Pastor Xavier Thompson, Baptist Ministers Conference President shared, “For too long, our schools were ignored. As Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa put our kids first, building new schools and boosting graduation rates.”

Other faith leaders supporting Antonio Villaraigosa include Rev. Chip Murray, retired leader of First AME Church, Bishop Charles E. Blake of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Bishop Noel Jones of City of Refuge, Pastor J. Edgar Boyd of First AME Church, Pastor Frank Oliver of Power of Faith, Pastor Bernard Jackson of Phillips Temple CME, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer of Faithful Central Bible Church and Rev. Darryl Barnes of Paradise Baptist Church.