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Five things you need to know about John Chiang

 SACRAMENTO BEECalifornia Treasurer John Chiang has spent more than two decades in various political offices. Now, he’s running to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown for the state’s top elected position.Here are five things you should know about Chiang: 1. He went to work as a tax man and spent decades in financially focused elected offices. After attending Georgetown University Law Center, Chiang was a tax law specialist for the Internal Revenue Service.Like his Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, he got his start in politics by being appointed rather than elected. Chiang was selected to fill the Board of Equalization seat vacated by newly minted Rep. Brad...

State treasurer announces new college savings program

Recorder OnlineCalifornia State Treasurer John Chiang and ScholarShare 529, one of the nation’s top performing college savings plans, announced Thursday the launch of a new program to help low and moderate income California families jumpstart saving for college.The Matching Grant Program will help families open a college savings account and counter rising tuition costs, one of the most significant obstacles to securing a higher education.The Matching Grant Program, which opens on Jan. 1, 2018, offers a dollar-for-dollar match contribution of up to $200 on new accounts. Families that establish a monthly automatic contribution plan of $25 or...

Community Supports John Chiang for Governor at Folsom Fundraiser

SiliconeerThe parking area was buzzing with activity outside the lovely home of Felicia and Tom Bhe in the Folsom hills, Calif., Nov. 12. The residence filled up rapidly as the guests registered for a picture opportunity and a quick meet and greet with current California State Treasurer John Chiang, writes Ras H. Siddiqui.Many had gathered here to raise funds for John’s new campaign to seek the highest office in our Golden State. John has thrown his hat in the ring to become the next Governor of California, the elections of which will be held in 2018.We all...

Candidate Chiang swings by SF City Hall to pick up an endorsement

SF ChronicleCalifornia Treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Chiang swung through San Francisco Friday to accept an official endorsement from Supervisor Norman Yee and to unveil the outlines of his plan to tackle the state’s affordable housing and homelessness crises.Standing on the steps of City Hall, Yee praised what he called Chiang’s enduring commitment to pragmatic political reform in the 13 years the two have known each other. Their political priorities have long overlapped, Yee said, when it comes to issues of “child care, investing in education, growing jobs at every level of the workforce and supporting affordable...