BREAKING NEWS: California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

BREAKING NEWS: California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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For Immediate Release
November 27, 2017


Los Angeles – Today, California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) announced he is endorsing Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor.  The Majority Leader cited Villaraigosa’s record of job creation and career opportunities that invests in California’s youth as reasons for his backing.

“Antonio Villaraigosa has always been a jobs creator, as Mayor of Los Angeles his business-friendly initiatives streamlined the development process, helped place 200,000 Angelenos into living wage jobs and connected L.A.’s youth to more than 76,000 summer jobs,” said Majority Leader Calderon. “I know that as Governor, Antonio will work to replicate this across the state, fighting to provide economic opportunities for all Californians especially our youth.”

“Ian is a rising star who represents California’s future leaders, and I’m proud to have his support,” said Villaraigosa. “As governor, I will focus on ensuring our youth have the education, training and career opportunities to keep California a leader in a global economy.”

Majority Leader Ian Calderon was elected in November 2012 to represent California’s 57th Assembly District, becoming the first millennial elected to the State Legislature, and in March 2016, Ian became the youngest Majority Leader in the history of the state of California.

As Majority Leader, Ian has led the Assembly to pass landmark legislation, such as raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He currently serves as the Chair of the Select Committee on Youth and California’s Future, Co-Chair of the Legislative Technology and Innovation Caucus and Co-Chair of the Legislative Millennial Caucus.

Antonio recently released a video entitled:“Life Stories,” that chronicles his upbringing in a poor, high-crime neighborhood just east of downtown Los Angeles. He discusses the challenges kids face in disadvantaged communities, who don’t have resources, because he was one of those kids. As mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa worked to improve schools, increase after-school programs and reduce crime.

Life Stories Video: