For Immediate Release
May 8, 2018
San Jose, CA – Former California Assembly Speaker and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa participated in the final gubernatorial debate of the 2018 primary season, and demonstrated he is the candidate best prepared to be the next Governor of California.
“There are so many challenges facing California, but there’s one clear solution: more middle-class jobs. That’s what our campaign is all about – fighting for the millions of Californians who are checking every single box, but still not getting ahead,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “We come from many places, but we all want the same things: a home we can afford; great schools for our kids; universal health care; affordable colleges; and lifelong learning that keeps families in the middle class.”
“Politicians attacking each other won’t solve our problems. We need to come together…to move forward together. This has been my life – fighting to lift everyone up. We can keep the California Dream alive. It isn’t going to be easy, but we can do it, together,” added Mayor Villaraigosa.
Voters statewide tuned-in to watch the gubernatorial candidates discuss their plans to address the economy, health care, education, immigration and job creation. Leaders from across the state voiced their continued support for Mayor Villaraigosa as the candidate that will best expand economic opportunity and equality for the people of California.
“Now more than ever we need a leader in California who is willing to stand up to the harmful policies of the Trump administration. Tonight’s debate showed us that Antonio Villaraigosa is the best candidate for Governor to do just that.” – said Arturo Rodriguez, President, United Farm Workers.
“Watching the debate tonight there was a clear message: Antonio Villaraigosa is the candidate who can effectively bring people together to solve the tough issues facing our state. He is committed to keeping Californians safe, and representing all of our residents as Governor.” – said David Swing, President of CA Police Chiefs Association.
“ Californian’s got to kick the candidates tires tonight and it was clear that Antonio Villaraigosa was the best choice for Governor. We need a Governor who will get the state moving by working with Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Antonio has done that and more. He will fight for us.” – said Josh Raper, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, local 743.
“Antonio demonstrated the leadership qualities tonight that made him so successful as Assembly Speaker and Mayor. He is clearly the best experienced to bring people together and face our state’s many challenges. Once again Antonio has shown his commitment to protecting our healthcare and creating good middle class jobs.” – said Assemblyman Tom Daly (CA-69).
“Tonight’s debate showed that Antonio is best prepared to lead California and combat Washington’s attack on our health care system. As Governor, he will work to ensure access to quality care for all Californians, regardless of their social or economic status.” – said Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (CA-31).
“Antonio Villaraigosa was true to form tonight, fighting to provide economic opportunities for all Californians. He showed again why he is the candidate of jobs and economic opportunity,and I’m glad the people of California got to see that as they start receiving their ballots.” – said Assemblyman Ian Calderon (CA-57).
“I heard a lot of promises tonight to help under-served communities in the state. But Antonio Villaraigosa is the only candidate on that stage that I know will follow through on those promises to work toward a California that works for all of us.” – said Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price.
“Antonio Villaraigosa is the leader we need to unite all of California. During tonight’s debate, nobody could stand up to their track record on jobs, the environment, economic development and civil rights like Antonio did. California is at a critical juncture, and Antonio Villaraigosa is the champion that our state needs — and tonight that came across loud and clear.” – said Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo.
“Antonio Villaraigosa was inspiring on the debate stage tonight. He has a clear vision for a California that serves all its residents.” – said Blanca Alvarado, past Santa Clara Supervisor and San Jose City Councilmember.
The primary election is June 5, 2018 with vote-by-mail already underway.