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Mayor Eric Garcetti in his campaign office. Courtesy of the mayor

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who sparked further speculation that he is considering a run for president in 2020 with a recent political trip to New Hampshire, declined Wednesday to rule out a run next year for California governor.

“I have not made any decision on that,” Garcetti told The Sacramento Bee after speaking at an event in the state’s capital city with other California mayors to support state affordable housing legislation.

Garcetti would be a late entry into the governor’s race compared to some other top contenders who have long ago declared their candidacy and started raising money.

High-profile candidates include his predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Treasurer John Chiang, who are all Democrats like Garcetti. Newsom declared his candidacy in 2015, Villaraigosa in November 2016 and Chiang in May 2016.

Garcetti and other big-city mayors, including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, were in Sacramento to support a series of bills aimed at increasing affordable housing construction.

Los Angeles is facing a housing crunch that is driving up real estate prices, and the mayor has also been advocating for local legislation to help affordable housing, including the creation of a “linkage fee” on developers.

“For us, the biggest problem we all face is our housing crisis,” Garcetti said at the Sacramento news conference. “Too many people can’t afford the housing that they’re in. And too many people aren’t in housing at all.”

–City News Service

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