John Chiang. Courtesy of State of California
State Treasurer John Chiang. Courtesy State of California

State Treasurer John Chiang is scheduled to hold a fundraising reception in South Pasadena Sunday for his campaign for governor.

“I’m running for governor to make sure the future my parents provided for my family becomes a reality for the future of all California families,” Chiang told City News Service in response to a series of questions emailed to his campaign.

“As a child of immigrant parents, me and my siblings grew up in a much different time. My parents arrived in this country, each dreaming of a better future. While their determination and relentlessness led to a middle-class neighborhood with better schools, we still experienced bigotry, as the first Asian-American family on the block, but my parents never gave up on a better life for my family.”

Chiang promised that if elected he would “be a strong fiscal leader who will govern with inclusiveness” including “offering real solutions to issues like improving our infrastructure, nurturing our booming renewable energy sector, and protecting our immigrant neighbors.”

“The people of California deserve to live in a state that provides them with an atmosphere of growth and prosperity, job creation, protecting retirement savings, easing the burden of education costs across the board, harboring continued innovation, access to universal healthcare and protecting the cultural diversity that makes California the special place it is,” Chiang said.

To attempt to reduce California’s poverty rate, which is the nation’s highest when adjusted for the cost of living, Chiang said he would “invest in infrastructure assessment and investment that would lead to job creation,” and “invest in affordable housing options to get the thousands of homeless we have off the streets.”

Chiang officially began efforts to run for governor on May 16 when he opened an account to raise money for a campaign.

The field to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown, who is barred from running for re- election in 2018 because of term limits, also includes Chiang’s fellow Democrats Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.

Chiang was elected treasurer in 2014 after two terms as controller. He was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998. He began his career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service and later was an attorney in the State Controller’s Office.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $200, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service. Like most similar political fundraisers, it will be closed to reporters, a campaign aide said.

–City News Service

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