I am not a career politician. I just want to help the people of California. That’s what public service should be all about -- helping people. California needs a livable wage, statewide rent control, tuition-free college, and single-payer health care. We also need to address the structural racism in our criminal justice and education institutions. It is not enough to say that Black Lives Matter. There needs to be a change in excessive force laws and police training. Politicians hold press conferences but don’t change anything.
I am running for governor to make life better for people without political power. For people without a lobby. For people without connections. For people without $100,000 to donate in the next election cycle. That’s why I pledged not to take money from corporations. I’m not their guy. I’ll never be their guy.
I am the proud son of Mexican, Chinese and Native American parents. I am a product of the Los Angeles public school system, and attended Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. I am also the eldest of five children, and one value I learned was that people need to help each other early on so that each person can grow and achieve. As a successful civil rights attorney, I have been helping and fighting for people for over a decade and I will do the same as governor.