John Chiang. Courtesy of State of California

State Treasurer John Chiang will conduct a higher education roundtable at Fullerton College Friday, tour a Fullerton restaurant and meet with Orange County Young Democrats in Santa Ana as part of what his campaign billed as a statewide listening tour.

Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D- Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton interim Provost Anil Puri and Fullerton College President Greg Schulz are set to join Chiang at the higher education roundtable.

Chiang will eat lunch and tour the Monkey Business Cafe and meet with Orange County Young Democrats in Santa Ana during the first Orange County stop of his listening tour, which began June 6 in Boyle Heights.

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.

If elected, Chiang would be the state’s first Asian-American governor.

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.

Chiang’s visit to Orange County comes one day after Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, became the second Republican to announce his candidacy.

“I am running to be the next governor of California to take back our state for the forgotten ordinary citizens of California, who will no longer tolerate the squandering of our incredible natural abundance of people, economy, and resources by limousine liberals beholden to ravenous public sector union bosses and extremist environmentalists,” Allen said.

“The citizens of California are tired of being taken for granted and will no longer accept the California Democrat Party’s hollow excuses for why the world’s sixth largest economy should have the nation’s highest poverty rate.”

California has the highest poverty rate when adjusted for the cost of living among the 50 states and is second when the District of Columbia is included, according to figures released by the Census Bureau.

Allen is in his third term in the Assembly. He was a financial planner before being elected.

Businessman John Cox is the other Republican to have announced his candidacy. Former Assemblyman David Hadley, R-Manhattan Beach, has established a fundraising committee, but said he has not made a decision about running.

—City News Service

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