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Byline besties: Gavin Newsom, Ashley Swearengin

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin speaks during her State of the City address on June 3.
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin speaks during her State of the City address on June 3. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who is running for governor, and Ashley Swearengin, a Republican who might, have long held a cordial relationship.

Now they have a joint byline, too.

The politicians, appearing in the opinion section of The San Diego Union-Tribune’s website Wednesday, penned a piece promoting a Markle Foundation initiative on technology and employment, in which they both are involved.

They call for better training and education to match “our shift from an economy of bricks and mortar to one driven by software,” while focusing on ways technology can help connect businesses to workers, consumers and financing.

It’s the kind of light-on-specifics, heavy-on-vision offering just about any politician could get behind.

That Newsom and Swearengin did so for print came about when Newsom visited Fresno recently. Swearengin, that city’s mayor, said the lieutenant governor suggested they collaborate. His office wrote a draft, her office provided input and both signed off.

“You know what?” she said. “There are a great number of things that Gavin and I agree on, and a lot of them are articulated in that piece.”

Improving political leadership, she said, “involves people working together where they can.”

Newsom is already raising money for his run for governor in 2018, and several other Democrats are expected to join him. The Republican bench is thinner, but Swearengin is a potential candidate.

She said Thursday, “I don’t know what tomorrow may bring, but I know what we need to do today, and what we need to do today is get people working together across the aisle.”

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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