Antonio Villaraigosa: America’s First Latino President?
Jul 31, 2012 01:00 PM EDT
In September, San Francisco mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will lead the 2012 Democratic National Convention into session in Charlotte, thus solidifying his support for President Barrack Obama in the upcoming presidential elections.
But there is some speculation, whether 59-year-old Villaraigosa might be thinking of running for the 2016 Presidential elections. He was asked by ABC's David Chalian if this were the case, to which the mayor said "The answer is no...I want to finish this job with a bang. I want to go out with my head up high. I want to say to this city, I put everything into this job...The job I've said to people I would like is I would like to be governor of the state of California," according ABC News.
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Villaraigosa serves as the mayor of San Francisco, the nation's second largest city, since 2005, his term is will end in 2013. He is the third Mexican American to seve as the city's mayor. He also is a member of President Obama's Transition Economic Advisory Board. In addition, he also led the United States Convention of Mayors.
According to Yahoo News, Villaraigosa has a strong record as mayor, reducing the city's crime rate by 40.6 percent, homicide by 41 percent and also has an impressive record in the environment department. As mayor he managed to bring down gas emissions by 14 percent in the past seven years.
Now Villaraigosa will be serving as chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He will spend the rest of the year traveling to key states such as Florida, Nevada and New Mexico rallying for the Obama re-election campaign. After that and his term as mayor, he says he plans to "to take a time out. I'll probably associate with a think tank or a university. I want to write. I want to read. I'll probably speak around the country. I certainly get enough invitations," he said of his immediate post-mayoral plans," as reported on Yahoo News.