A Progressive Who Gets Results

Antonio Villaraigosa is the former Mayor of Los Angeles who has also served as Speaker of the California State Assembly, where he passed pioneering legislation like the assault weapons ban, a dramatic expansion of health insurance for children and major new investments in California’s schools – particularly the school facilities of urban and poor children that had been ignored for decades.

The former head of his local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a union and community organizer, Antonio was an early supporter of marriage equality – more than a decade before other Democrats began to advocate for this vital civil right. As Mayor of the nation’s second largest city, he made historic investments in mass transit, promoted constitutional community policing to lower crime and made his city a global environmental leader.

Keeping the California Dream Alive

A former high-school dropout who went on to community college and then to the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Antonio worked to make sure more kids had the support they needed to succeed while Mayor. He invested heavily in Los Angles public schools – dramatically increasing graduation rates.

Antonio is running a grassroots campaign for Governor – taking his campaign to the many forgotten corners of California and boldly proclaiming he will give voice to all Californians, particularly the millions who have been left out or left behind by the economic expansion. He states his values clearly:

“We have too many Davos Democrats who fly over our state, but don’t visit us in our living rooms. Politicians spend too much time with the people who drive Teslas and not enough time with the people who take the bus or are struggling to find the gas money to get to work. We must be the party fighting for everyone and remember that we can’t truly be progressive, unless we are making progress for the millions who are being left behind.”

#NoBanNoWall and Preserving California as a Beacon for the World

From the day he announced his candidacy for Governor of California, Antonio stood up for immigrants and all those facing discrimination – as he has done throughout his life. His campaign has organized every day to fight the Muslim ban and to prevent the building of a border wall. He was the first candidate for Governor to call for the impeachment of Trump if the reported facts are found to be correct.

Antonio’s campaign for Governor is focused on closing the gap between the rich and poor because, for Antonio, the California Dream is no slogan or cliché. It describes his life. And he wants to keep that dream alive – and make sure it can shine as an example around the nation and the world.

Join us today. Give what you can to make Donald Trump’s worst nightmare come true – a proud progressive like Antonio Villaraigosa leading the resistance from California’s Office of the Governor!

For more information, go to antonioforcalifornia.com

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Alma Adame endorsed

    “I endorse Antonio Villaraigosa because I believe he is the best candidate, best choice, with the knowledge and experience.”

  • ron kaye endorsed

    “I've known Antonio a lot time and believed he had the ability and the understanding to make a big difference. He didn't as mayor. The political machine was too strong. Hopefully he's learned something over the years and is prepared to do what's right as governor, not what's politically easy. None of the other candidates offer any hope for real change.”

  • Jose Govea endorsed

    “We need a leader who fights for the people.”

  • Steven Escobar endorsed

    “I Esteban Steven Escobar endorse help elect progressive democrat Antonio Villaraigosa for governor of California because I believe a person should get a second and even third chance/opportunity even if they made a mistake in the 1st one. Like Antonio Villaraigosa who made mistakes in his life because we are humans and nobody is perfect in life. So I strongly believe, support and endorse Antonio R. Villaraigosa for governor of California. As a proud Salvadoran and US Citizen and from the Man of Diversity, it is our time to elect a latino politician to represent and fight for us in Sacramento. I have the honor and pleasure to meet Antonio R. Villaraigosa even before he was mayor of City of Los Angeles. Antonio R. Villaraigosa is a role model the I looked as City of Los Angeles resident and following him as a reporter/writer. Which gave me the inside and closer opportunity to observe and watch how Antonio R. Villaraigosa reacts and interacts with the general public and other community leaders in the City of Los Angeles. Please see the list of the candidates the want to live on your tax payer dollars, but let me assure you the the only person the deserves and must win is Antonio R. Villaraigosa. Declared Primary candidates: Democratic Party Akinyemi Agbede[1] Democratic Party David Asem[2] Democratic Party Michael Bracamontes[3] Democratic Party Juan Bribiesca[4] Democratic Party California Treasurer John Chiang[5] Democratic Party Ted Crisell[1] Democratic Party Former state Superintendent Delaine Eastin[5] Democratic Party Harmesh Kumar[6] Democratic Party Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom[5] Democratic Party Klement Tinaj[7] Democratic Party Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa[5] Republican Party Assemblyman Travis Allen[8] Republican Party Daniel Amare[1] Republican Party Stasyi Barth[9] Republican Party John Leslie-Brown[1] Republican Party John Cox[10] Republican Party Brian Domingo[11] Republican Party Yvonne Girard[1] Republican Party Robert Kleinberger[12] Republican Party Peter Yuan Liu[13] Republican Party Jacob Morris[1] Republican Party Robert Newman[1] Republican Party Laura Smith[1] Libertarian Party Nickolas Wildstar[14] Libertarian Party Zoltan Istvan[15] Green Party Christopher Carlson[1] Independent Michael Bilger[16] Independent Andy Blanch[17] Independent David Bush[1] Independent Peter Crawford-Valentino[1] Independent Grant Handzlik[18] Independent Analila Joya[1] Independent Joshua Laine[19] Independent Frederic Prinz von Anhalt[20] Independent Timothy Richardson[1] Independent Boris Romanowsky[1] Independent Hilaire Fuji Shioura[21] Independent Lindsey Neil Shortland[1] Independent Scot Sturtevant[1] Independent James Tran[1] Potential: Democratic Party Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti[22] Democratic Party Democratic donor and activist Thomas Steyer[22] Democratic Party Former State Controller Steve Westly[22] Democratic Party Entertainment manager Scooter Braun[23] Republican Party Former Assemblyman Chad Mayes[24] Republican Party Former Mayor of Fresno Ashley Swearengin[22] Republican Party Venture capitalist and Trump advisor Peter Thiel[25] Dropped out: Republican Party Former Assemblyman David Hadley[26] About Antonio R. Villaraigosa: Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa (born Antonio Ramón Villar Jr.; January 23, 1953) is an American politician who was the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, California, from 2005 to 2013. Before becoming mayor, he was a member of the California State Assembly (1994–2000), where he served as the Democratic leader of the Assembly (1996–98), and the Speaker of the California State Assembly (1998–2000). Remember to vote for Antonio Villaraigosa for governor of California on Primary elections June 5, 2018 and on the General election date: November 6, 2018.”

  • Helmi Hisserich endorsed

    “I endorse Antonio Villaraigosa because he will fight for growth and equity”

October 24, 2017

Antonio Villaraigosa - "Life Stories"

Watch my new video here.

Every Californian has a story worth hearing. This is mine and I want to share it with you.

My story is about growing up in a home of domestic violence. It's about how Catholic school gave me a foundation, but public school gave me a second shot. My story is about the two men in my life who had a positive influence on me – my Grandpa Pete and a teacher, Herman Katz. My story is about who I am today and why I feel so compelled to stand up and speak out. 

It’s a story about how I got the help I needed to graduate high school and go to college.­ It’s a story about how I grew determined to give back to the state that gave me so much – as a union organizer, the head of my local ACLU chapter, Speaker of our State Assembly and Mayor of our state’s largest city. 

Please take a few minutes to hear my story by watching this video.

And if you believe we need to keep lifting people up in every part of California – like I was lifted up –please consider contributing to our campaign for economic opportunity and equality.

I’m running for governor because I know that in order to thrive as a state, we must grow together.

I’ve seen people really down on their luck, in really hard places, but we can’t give up on them. This is California. We look out for everyone. We don’t give up on people no matter who they are or where they come from.

Every Californian deserves dignity, every Californian deserves respect and every Californian has a story worth hearing. 

Sincerely, 

Antonio

P.S. After you watch the video, I hope you will consider contributing to the campaign so we can make sure all Californians are able to share their stories.





September 27, 2017

9/27 Update: This is big!

The California Latino Legislative Caucus just endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor!

The most powerful Latino organization in California is throwing their strongest support behind Antonio. 

Will you join them by making a contribution today?

Even $10, $15 or $25 dollars will help us build on this incredible announcement. 

The Caucus announcement today only increases the incredible momentum behind Antonio’s campaign. We’ve seen it in the polls, and we’ve felt it as Antonio travels up and down California fighting for an economy that delivers more opportunity and more equality.

The Caucus issued their statement:  

“The California Latino Caucus is proud to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor,” said Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. “As Assembly Speaker and Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa worked to strengthen our economy, expand our healthcare, improve our schools and invest in strategic infrastructure projects that create middle class jobs. He understands the struggles and challenges of working families and will represent all of the people of the Golden State wherever they live.”

Make your statement by contributing today! 

Thank you for everything you are doing to help us grow stronger every day. 

August 25, 2017

Weekly Update: Big News!

When Antonio launched his campaign for Governor, he made a simple yet powerful pledge – his campaign would work to give voice to EVERY Californian. Antonio understands that the millions of Californians doing everything right but still falling behind also need to be heard in Sacramento and in every corridor of power.

That’s why our campaign is working to give every Californian the tools to be heard – by Antonio, our campaign and beyond. We have been asking people all over the state to share their own California Dream – from prominent leaders like Cruz Reynoso to hundreds of rank and file voters – and the response has been amazing and inspiring.

Please add your voice here and let us share it with the rest of California.


Speak Submission of the Week

“I am a farmworker’s son who has five brothers and five sisters. My first job was picking oranges in Orange County, California. My dream is to have free public education (as we once had) from K-12 to college and graduate school. That is what helped me become an attorney.” – Cruz Reynoso, Civil Rights Leader and Retired Jurist

Add your voice today!


Latest Endorsements

This week, we want to thank Merced County Supervisor Rodrigo Espinoza, Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez, Downey Councilwoman Blanca Pacheco and former San Francisco Supervisor David Campos who have added their names to the long list of supporters for Antonio’s campaign. Every day, more and more people recognize the importance of Antonio’s mission to give voice to every Californian and join our campaign.

If you would like to add your name to the growing list of endorsers, please endorse Antonio today!


The Team Gets Stronger

We have some big news here at the Antonio for California campaign – veteran communications strategist Luis Vizcaino has joined the team as Communications Director. Luis has worked on political campaigns at the local, state and national level.

In 2005, he served as communications advisor for Antonio’s successful race for Los Angeles Mayor and later was the spokesperson for the Mayor-Elect’s transition team. He has also served as a spokesperson for the California Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee and the Human Rights Campaign. In 2007, he was recruited by the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign to serve as California Communications Director.

You can reach Luis at luis@antonioforcalifornia.com.


In the News

“California gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa made a campaign stop in Monterey County Friday, and local ag representatives filled him in on the local labor shortage. Ricky Cabrera, owner of Cabrera Ranch, told Villaraigosa that he normally would be employing 340 people at this time of the year, but right now he has only about 240 workers.” – Monterey Herald, 8/18/17

“Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa said during a stop in Riverside on Wednesday, Aug. 16, that he wants Inland cities such as Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Fontana to be known as ‘Villaraigosa country.’ ‘All these areas have strivers,’ Villaraigosa said. ‘Some of them, they wanted to buy a home, build a business, and L.A. was too expensive.'” – The Press-Enterprise, 8/16/17

“Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is running for governor, spoke after Gutierrez and offered praise to the city. Villaraigosa, who joined Gutierrez for a tour of the 1.8-million square-foot Skechers warehouse developed by Highland Fairview after the event, said he supported the World Logistics Center.” – The Press-Enterprise, 8/16/17

“Many of USC Village’s retailers are touching down in South L.A. for the first time, including Trader Joe’s, Target and trendy Sunset Boulevard eatery The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker. ‘Thank you for understanding the key to the future of this university is in its connection to its neighborhood,’ said Antonio Villaraigosa, who was Los Angeles mayor when the project was approved.” – USC News, 8/17/17


On the Campaign Trail

Yesterday, Antonio spent the day in Sacramento with UDW/AFSCME, AFL-CIO and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. This weekend, he’ll be in Anaheim with the California Democratic Party Executive Board. Don’t forget to connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn to get updates from the campaign trail!

 

Our campaign is growing, but we need your support. You can help us keep the momentum going by contributing online today. 

August 15, 2017

Weekly Update: New #FactsSpeak Video from Antonio for California

There are candidates in the race for governor taking a lot of positions (and sometimes taking both sides of the same position!), but Antonio knows the facts speak for themselves. That’s why he’s focusing this week’s online video on the fact that California has the highest overall poverty rate in the nation.

Antonio’s campaign is all about creating millions of new high-wage jobs. He knows that to close the gap between the rich and the poor we need to rebuild an economy that works for the millions of families who are doing everything right, but are still falling behind.

Please take a look at our new "The Facts Speak For Themselves" video – and share it with all of your friends and colleagues.


The Endorsements Keep Rolling In

Thank you to Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, former Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez and Moreno Valley Mayor Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez for their endorsements! These Inland Empire leaders are adding their names to the thousands of supporters and elected officials who have joined our campaign. We’re excited to work with these leaders in creating a better future for every Californian.

Don’t forget to add your name to the growing list of supporters today!


Speak Submission of the Week

“The pride of the U.S. I want California to be the catalyst for which other states strive to achieve in business, cultural diversity and religion. I am an Army Veteran, MBA graduate and Second Generation Mexican American, but I AM a U.S. citizen first and a Native Californian next. My background alone has been hit with so much rancor and distaste from what I can only define as ‘Middle America.’ I want California to be the state that looks past ‘types or races’ and focuses on the individual and his/her merits. We are California. We are the U.S.A.” – Joe Espinoza, Valencia, California

Our campaign is driven by your voice – I hope you will submit your California dream today.


In the News

Antonio Villaraigosa: “I think in California, we need to acknowledge that we are the sixth-largest economy [in the world] in no small part because of the contributions of immigrants, including the undocumented. As a result, here in California, we revel in our diversity, and welcome our foreign-born.” – Al Jazeera Features, August 5, 2017


On the Campaign Trail

Antonio is hitting the campaign trail this week with stops in Moreno Valley, Watsonville and Salinas. He will visit Moreno Valley for the State of the City address, Watsonville for the Annual Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club Dinner and then on to Salinas to speak at Alisal High School assembly and attend an agricultural tour. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to see photos and video from these and other upcoming events!

June 30, 2017

We Have Just Hours to Go and Need to Ask for Your Help Again


We’ve gained a lot of ground, and now our campaign has the momentum. Thank you for your support. We couldn’t have done it without you. Today, we face another fundraising deadline and have just hours to go.

Since we launched Antonio’s bid for Governor last November, he’s been all over the state, making good on his promise to give voice to all Californians by listening—particularly to those who have been left out or left behind.

We are at a critical crossroads, and we need to ask you again for your help to keep us on the road and continuing to fight for progressive policies that make real progress to improve our schools, create high-wage jobs and protect the health of our residents.

We are fighting every day to protect California. Not with Tweets and press releases, but by standing up for our core values and fighting for the sensible policies that will lift more families into the middle class, protect immigrants, preserve our environment, safeguard our healthcare and enhance the very best of California.

Today marks the June 30 fundraising deadline, and we’re still thousands away from reaching our goal. Can you take a moment to make another contribution?

Your support is crucial, and we are so grateful for your support. Thank you, again, and we look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!

Antonio for California

May 24, 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Thomas MacBride endorsed

  • Adeel Malik endorsed

  • Alma Adame endorsed

    “I endorse Antonio Villaraigosa because I believe he is the best candidate, best choice, with the knowledge and experience.”

  • antonio ruiz endorsed

  • ron kaye endorsed

    “I've known Antonio a lot time and believed he had the ability and the understanding to make a big difference. He didn't as mayor. The political machine was too strong. Hopefully he's learned something over the years and is prepared to do what's right as governor, not what's politically easy. None of the other candidates offer any hope for real change.”

  • Jose Govea endorsed

    “We need a leader who fights for the people.”

  • George Ekaitis endorsed

  • Antonio De Loera-Brust endorsed

  • Nicolas Avila endorsed

  • Steven Escobar endorsed

    “I Esteban Steven Escobar endorse help elect progressive democrat Antonio Villaraigosa for governor of California because I believe a person should get a second and even third chance/opportunity even if they made a mistake in the 1st one. Like Antonio Villaraigosa who made mistakes in his life because we are humans and nobody is perfect in life. So I strongly believe, support and endorse Antonio R. Villaraigosa for governor of California. As a proud Salvadoran and US Citizen and from the Man of Diversity, it is our time to elect a latino politician to represent and fight for us in Sacramento. I have the honor and pleasure to meet Antonio R. Villaraigosa even before he was mayor of City of Los Angeles. Antonio R. Villaraigosa is a role model the I looked as City of Los Angeles resident and following him as a reporter/writer. Which gave me the inside and closer opportunity to observe and watch how Antonio R. Villaraigosa reacts and interacts with the general public and other community leaders in the City of Los Angeles. Please see the list of the candidates the want to live on your tax payer dollars, but let me assure you the the only person the deserves and must win is Antonio R. Villaraigosa. Declared Primary candidates: Democratic Party Akinyemi Agbede[1] Democratic Party David Asem[2] Democratic Party Michael Bracamontes[3] Democratic Party Juan Bribiesca[4] Democratic Party California Treasurer John Chiang[5] Democratic Party Ted Crisell[1] Democratic Party Former state Superintendent Delaine Eastin[5] Democratic Party Harmesh Kumar[6] Democratic Party Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom[5] Democratic Party Klement Tinaj[7] Democratic Party Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa[5] Republican Party Assemblyman Travis Allen[8] Republican Party Daniel Amare[1] Republican Party Stasyi Barth[9] Republican Party John Leslie-Brown[1] Republican Party John Cox[10] Republican Party Brian Domingo[11] Republican Party Yvonne Girard[1] Republican Party Robert Kleinberger[12] Republican Party Peter Yuan Liu[13] Republican Party Jacob Morris[1] Republican Party Robert Newman[1] Republican Party Laura Smith[1] Libertarian Party Nickolas Wildstar[14] Libertarian Party Zoltan Istvan[15] Green Party Christopher Carlson[1] Independent Michael Bilger[16] Independent Andy Blanch[17] Independent David Bush[1] Independent Peter Crawford-Valentino[1] Independent Grant Handzlik[18] Independent Analila Joya[1] Independent Joshua Laine[19] Independent Frederic Prinz von Anhalt[20] Independent Timothy Richardson[1] Independent Boris Romanowsky[1] Independent Hilaire Fuji Shioura[21] Independent Lindsey Neil Shortland[1] Independent Scot Sturtevant[1] Independent James Tran[1] Potential: Democratic Party Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti[22] Democratic Party Democratic donor and activist Thomas Steyer[22] Democratic Party Former State Controller Steve Westly[22] Democratic Party Entertainment manager Scooter Braun[23] Republican Party Former Assemblyman Chad Mayes[24] Republican Party Former Mayor of Fresno Ashley Swearengin[22] Republican Party Venture capitalist and Trump advisor Peter Thiel[25] Dropped out: Republican Party Former Assemblyman David Hadley[26] About Antonio R. Villaraigosa: Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa (born Antonio Ramón Villar Jr.; January 23, 1953) is an American politician who was the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, California, from 2005 to 2013. Before becoming mayor, he was a member of the California State Assembly (1994–2000), where he served as the Democratic leader of the Assembly (1996–98), and the Speaker of the California State Assembly (1998–2000). Remember to vote for Antonio Villaraigosa for governor of California on Primary elections June 5, 2018 and on the General election date: November 6, 2018.”

  • Robert Arellanes endorsed

  • Tony Perez endorsed

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  • Javier Gonzalez endorsed

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  • Helmi Hisserich endorsed

    “I endorse Antonio Villaraigosa because he will fight for growth and equity”

  • Wendy Cruz endorsed

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  • Emilio Herrera endorsed

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  • Norma Arcelia Campos Bernal endorsed

  • Daniel Montiel endorsed

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  • juan M padilla endorsed

  • Robert ovrom endorsed

  • mario endorsed

  • Daniel E Martinez endorsed

  • JABALI HICKS endorsed