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Friday March 8, 2013

Outgoing LA Mayor Villaraigosa Sets Sights on Governor’s Mansion

Outgoing LA Mayor Villaraigosa Sets Sights on Governor’s Mansion

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Outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in an interview with KTTV-TV that among his plans for the future is to run for governor of California, although he did not specify when that might occur.

The 60-year-old Democrat, who will end his tenure as mayor on June 30 after two consecutive terms, the maximum allowed by law, reiterated that his first move after leaving office will be joining a think-tank.

“I think California has lost its luster and we’ve got to work to regain that luster. So I’m going to affiliate with a think-tank to kind of rethink what I think is the right road ahead,” Villaraigosa said on KTTV-TV’s “Good Day LA” program.

Villaraigosa’s 2005 election victory made him the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles in 133 years.

Rumors about his future began circulating months ago after he chaired the Democratic National Convention and it was suggested that he might move on to occupy some post in Washington, as well as the post of California governor, which he admitted was a rather tempting proposition.

“One day I’d like to run for governor but there’s not a vacancy last time I looked,” he said.

The state’s incumbent governor, Democrat Jerry Brown, was elected in 2010.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles held municipal elections to decide who will be Villaraigosa’s successor, but none of the candidates managed to garner an absolute majority.

The two candidates with the most votes, Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel, both Democrats, will face off in a May 21 runoff.