African American leaders endorse Antonio Villaraigosa in California governor’s race

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa meets African American leaders at the Los Angeles Sentinel. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A group of prominent African American political, religious and civic leaders gathered Thursday to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for governor, arguing that the former Los Angeles mayor has a history of working to lift their community.

“It’s important for us to ensure we have an individual in Sacramento that’s not afraid to lead, and I submit to each and every one of you that person is Antonio Villaraigosa,” Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson said. “Now a lot of people say, ‘Herb, he’s your boy, your friend, that’s why you support him.’ I’m saying to each and every one of you, friendship has nothing to do with this. I…

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