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Price, Harris-Dawson endorse Villaraigosa in gubernatorial bid


Los Angeles City Council members Curren Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson have endorsed former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for governor.

“Antonio Villaraigosa has dedicated his career to creating economic opportunity and equality for all communities, and I’m proud to endorse him for governor,” Price said at an event with Harris-Dawson after touring the Holmes Early Education Center in South Los Angeles. “I know as governor, he will address the economic divide that exists across the state — beginning with early education programs that help kids from all walks of life have the opportunity to succeed.”

Villaraigosa, who was mayor of L.A. from 2005 to 2013, is running against a field that includes Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, state Treasurer John Chiang, and former state schools chief Delaine Eastin.

“I throw my full support to the campaign to elect Antonio Villaraigosa governor of California,” Harris-Dawson said. “More than any candidate, Antonio has lived the California dream, and he fights harder than anyone to keep that dream alive for generations to come.”

The primary in the governor’s race is set for June 5, with Gov. Jerry Brown unable to run for a third consecutive term due to term limits.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of council members Price and Harris-Dawson who are committed to strengthening our communities,” Villaraigosa said. “As governor, I will work with council members and other local leaders to ensure we are creating quality educational opportunities for children of all ages including early education programs.”