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Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa To Run For California Governor

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FILE - In this June 19, 2013 file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa poses for photos in his office in Los Angeles. Former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa announced Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, that he is running for California governor.

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Now that this election’s over, there’s news about the next one: Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has entered the 2018 California governor’s race.

Villaraigosa has been out office since 2013. But besides running California’s biggest city for eight years, he’s also a former speaker of the state Assembly.

He was raised by a single mother in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. He says he’ll make his campaign about rebuilding the middle class, investing in schools and repairing the state’s infrastructure.

Villaraigosa is the fourth Democrat to jump into the campaign to replace termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown. He joins Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Treasurer John Chiang and former state schools chief Delaine Eastin. Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer is also considering a potential run.

There’s not much buzz about Republicans so far, though possible candidates include San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin.