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Antonio Villaraigosa

Antonio Villaraigosa

Running for

Governor of California



Current Role

Public Policy Advisor

Past roles

Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-13)


💸 💸 💸 💸 💸 ($22.5M as of 5/1/18)

Did you know/Fun fact

He grew up in LA. Raised by a single mother. He was a union organizer. Divorced his first wife due after an affair as Mayor of LA.
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The latest

Gubernatorial candidate John Chiang recently launched an attack ad critcizing Antonio's fiscal record as LA mayor.
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Campaign Promises

What Antonio says he'll do once he's governor

Rethink one-size-fits-all approach to economic policy

  • Restore the ability for local governments to keep local funds
  • Give cities the ability to adapt regulations to local realities
  • Empower local jurisdictions to act as regional economies

Apply a student-focused lens to CA's education system

  • Invest in more compensation, training, and tenure reform for teachers
  • Empower low-income families to pay for charter or public schools

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Watch Antonio Villaraigosa talk

It's not him IRL, but it's close

KQED interview (March 2017)

KPIX interview (May 2018)

Villaraigosa on housing (March 2018)

KTLA Villaraigosa on Sanctuary State (Jan 2018)

Hour Conversation with PPIC (June 2017)

Question about Herbalife (Jan 2018)


Stuff Antonio has done

Some of the policies he's passed

Founded 'The Partnership for LA Schools,' an effort to transform LA's lowest performing schools (2008)

As LA Mayor, Antonio partnered with LAUSD to raise more than $72M for public schools

Passed Measure R, a sales tax to fund public transit projects (2008)

Antonio fundraised and campaigned for the successful ballot measure that is expected to raise $35B for LA public transit projects

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Politicians are "people" too

Highlights from Antonio's public TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

Volunteering in the city

Holding a baby

Reading to children

Lovers & Haters

What people say about Antonio


“The political courage he demonstrated as mayor bringing fiscal discipline to a city in crisis will serve him well in Sacramento if he is elected.”
LA Times Editorial Board
“From his time as a teenage grape boycotter to his work as a union and community organizer to his elected offices as speaker of the Assembly and mayor of Los Angeles to his more recent efforts as an activist, Antonio has marched with farm workers, made appeals to legislators, walked picket lines and used his influence to help farm workers win a better life in all of our important struggles.”
United Farm Workers
“Villaraigosa not only displayed an effective, judicious management style in persuading his City Council to restrain city spending during a budget-crippling recession; he won voters’ approval for ambitious transportation projects and beefed up his police force. ”
San Diego Union Tribune Editorial Board


“Villaraigosa’s actual legacy boils down to three things: deep disappointment, unrealized potential and brazen betrayal.”
Politico Magazine

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