BREAKING NEWS: San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

BREAKING NEWS: San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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For Immediate Release
December 2, 2017


Assemblywoman Weber Commends Villaraigosa’s Commitment to Education Equality

SAN DIEGO, CA – Today, California Assemblywoman Shirley N. Weber (D-79) endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor citing his record of fighting for students and good schools. The endorsement comes on the heels of a PPIC poll that shows Villaraigosa’s campaign gaining momentum and is in a strong position to advance to the general election.

“Too many children in California are being left behind and I know that Antonio will fight against the education inequality that is leaving low-income children in underperforming schools behind,” said Assemblywoman Weber. “I’m endorsing Antonio because he has the courage to do what’s right for our kids.”

“I’m honored to have the support of Assemblywoman Weber whom I’ve long admired for her commitment to education and student achievement,” said Villarigosa. “As Governor, I will work with the legislature and local leaders to ensure teachers, schools and students have the tools and support they need to succeed. If California is going to compete in a global economy, we need an educated workforce and I plan to invest in our schools to address the education inequality that currently exist.”

Assembly Member Shirley Nash Weber was elected in November of 2012 to represent California’s 79th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Bonita, Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City and San Diego. She chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety and serves as a member of the Assembly Standing Committees on Education, Higher Education, Elections, Budget, and Banking and Finance.

Antonio Villaraigosa recently released “Life Stories” video 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 that 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. The video can be seen here. 

Earlier this week, Villaraigosa was endorsed by California State Majority Leader, Ian Calderon, Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza, as well as local elected officials from the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County.