PRESS RELEASE: Congresswoman Karen Bass Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

PRESS RELEASE: Congresswoman Karen Bass Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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August 29, 2017

Rep. Bass is Third Former Assembly Speaker to Endorse Villaraigosa for Governor

Los Angeles – Today, former California Assembly Speaker, Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37) endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor. She joins two other former Assembly Speakers Fabian Núñez and John Pérez in backing the former Los Angeles Mayor to succeed Governor Jerry Brown who is termed-out of office.

“I’ve known Antonio for over 40 years and throughout his entire career, Antonio Villaraigosa’s passion and mission has been to fight for equal opportunity and be a voice for social and economic justice,” said Rep. Bass. “As a freshman legislator, to his work as our seasoned Speaker of the California Assembly and Mayor of Los Angeles, he fought to improve lives because he believes that everyone should have access to the American Dream.”

“As our next Governor, Antonio will work to lift up our state so that our communities have an equal opportunity at success,” added Rep. Bass. “He’ll work towards a California where everyone is heard and every single one of us has an equal chance to learn and earn. It is with great pride that I endorse Antonio Villaraigosa to be the next Governor of California!”

The endorsement was announced at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College where the two leaders underscored the importance of strengthening vocational education training, which provides good paying job opportunities. 

“I’m honored to have the support of my good friend Congresswoman Karen Bass,” said Villaraigosa. “Education has always been a cornerstone of my agenda. As Los Angeles Mayor, I worked to double the number of high-performing schools, and graduation rates went from 44 percent to 72 percent. It was hard work, and there is much work left to do to make sure Californians have access to training and the skills to succeed in today’s economy.”

At the press conference, Villaraigosa also urged President Donald Trump to not halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was reportedly at risk according to news reports.

“Children who were brought to the United States at a young age, who have followed our laws and have served in our military to defend our freedom and values are Americans – plain and simple,” said Villaraigosa. “Studies show that DACA recipients make positive and significant contributions to our economy and nation – they are entrepreneurs, employed at Fortune 500 companies and serve in our military. They love this country as much as any American because they are American. We cannot turn our backs on them.”