Former Los Angeles Mayor and Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa is coming to Fresno, and now that he’s passed on a 2016 U.S. Senate run, some of his local supporters want to bend his ear about the state’s next big race — governor.
Villaraigosa is one of two keynote speakers at the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation’s 13th Annual Developing Hispanic Leaders Gala Night.
The other is Maria Echaveste, who was White House Deputy Chief of Staff during Bill Clinton’s second term as president and who earlier this year withdrew her nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico after waiting four months for a confirmation hearing.
The event will be March 20 at The Fresno Ballroom.
But Villaraigosa will be doing more than simply speaking at the Hispanic leaders event. He’ll be spending the entire day in Fresno, holding meetings and doing other things. One of those meetings will likely be with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin.
While Villaraigosa is here, some of his supporters who wanted to see him take on state Attorney General Kamala Harris for the seat of retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer say now that he’s decided against that, they plan to lobby him on his future political plans. Their idea: a 2018 gubernatorial run.