State Treasurer John Chiang is likely the least-known of the major candidates for governor in 2018, but he’s running hard to meet people and gain some much-needed name recognition.
He’s scheduled to join Democratic Party activists at a barbecue in Westwood Sunday, one day after visiting Long Beach as part of a yearlong gubernatorial campaign road trip.
Chiang attended the Long Beach Democratic Women’s Club annual barbecue and was endorsed by Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, former Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Councilman Al Austin Saturday.
“Long Beach is an example of how diverse communities set the foundation for successful, prosperous and healthy cities,” Chiang said.
Chiang also met with state Democratic Party delegates in neighboring Artesia.
The road trip began in Boyle Heights on June 6, one day short of a year before the primary election.
Chiang is among four Democrats who have announced their candidacies for governor, along with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.
The announced Republican candidates are Rancho Santa Fe venture capitalist John Cox and Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach.
If elected, Chiang would be the state’s first Asian-American governor.
Chiang was elected state 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.
–City News Service
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