Candidates for Governor Coming to USC

Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is one of six candidates for governor who will appear at a town hall-style forum at USC on jan. 13.

photo by Gary Leonard

DTLA—The gubernatorial primary won’t take place until June, but next month, the leading candidates will come together in Los Angeles.

On Jan. 13, the Empowerment Congress, County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC will host a town hall-style meeting with the candidates on the campus of the University of Southern California. The 90-minute event is titled “Empowering California: A Local Perspective.”

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The participants will be State Assemblyman Travis Allen, State Treasurer John Chiang, attorney John Cox, former state schools Superintendent Delaine Eastin, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The event will be free and open to the pubic, and will also be streamed on the Internet and broadcast live on local public radio. ABC7 anchor Marc Brown will moderate the forum. KPCC senior political reporter Mary Plummer will sit on the panel.

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“This is an opportunity for voters to see and hear first-hand how the candidates intend to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing California and, specifically, Los Angeles County,” Ridley-Thomas said in a prepared statement. “Our state’s future is at stake, and people deserve to learn about potential policies that will likely affect them for years to come.”

The California primary election is June 5. The top two candidates, regardless of political party, will advance to the November general election.

Anyone who wants to attend the forum can register online at

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