Just imagine the message and the power – progressive Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa steps to the microphone the day he is inaugurated as California Governor and pledges that the entire state of California will join together to fight Trump and protect California’s cherished values.
We can make it happen. We can send a proud and proven progressive to the Governor’s office in Sacramento and, in doing so, send Trump a message he can’t ignore.
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!
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August 25, 2017
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.
“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!
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 email@example.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 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to get updates from the campaign trail!
August 15, 2017
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.
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
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’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
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