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Fresno elected officials endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for governor

Leaders Commend Villaraigosa’s Commitment to Economic Equality and Opportunity

FRESNO, CA – Today, leaders from throughout the Fresno County area endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor, citing his commitment to job creation and expanding economic equality and opportunity for Central Valley residents. The endorsements were made at Neighborhood Thrift in Fresno where Villaraigosa toured and met with job trainees. The organization’s goal is to employ local residents from the community and provide them with skills to be competitive in the job market. They provide a healthy and diverse work environment where individuals can grow together personally and professionally while becoming more competitive in the workforce. "Antonio Villaraigosa has shown time and again his commitment to expanding economic opportunities for all Californians. He has been relentlessly focused on closing the gap of inequality in our state, especially here in the Central Valley, through education and job creation," said Esmeralda Soria, District 1 Councilmember for the City of Fresno. "I am proud to stand with officials from across Fresno County in endorsing Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor." "I’m honored to have the backing of these local leaders who understand the number one issue facing our state is expanding opportunities for good-paying jobs," said Antonio Villaraigosa. "As governor, I will work to support more job-training programs statewide that offer workers a pathway to the middle class and the American Dream." The local Fresno County leaders endorsing Villaraigosa today include:

  • Sarah Reyes, Former California State Assemblymember

  • Esmeralda Soria, Councilmember, District 1, City of Fresno

  • Paul Caprioglio, Councilmember, District 4, City of Fresno

  • Rolando Castro, Mayor, City of Mendota

  • Raymond Lerma, Mayor, City of Corcoran

  • Joseph Amador, Former Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Mendota

  • Freddy Valdez, Councilmember, City of Firebaugh

  • Daniel Parra, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Fowler

  • George Turegano, Chief of Police, City of Huron

  • Espi Sandoval, Councilmember, City of Kerman

  • Miguel Arias, Trustee, State Center Community College District

Today’s endorsement follows other Fresno County endorsements for Antonio Villaraigosa including Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, Former Fresno County Supervisor Henry R. Perea and the Fresno County Deputy Sheriff's Association.

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