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John Chiang Endorsed by San Mateo Mayor Rick Bonilla


Chiang’s Tenth Endorsement in Last Week

John Chiang’s campaign for governor today announced the endorsement of San Mateo Mayor Rick Bonilla. Bonilla previously served as the Chair of San Mateo’s Planning Commission and he also served six years on the Public Works Commission.

“John Chiang is the one gubernatorial candidate with a track record of results when it comes to financing more affordable housing for Californians, and the only candidate with an actual plan going forward,” said Mayor Bonilla. “John has also been a staunch ally of the labor community during his time in public office, and I know he’ll continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our brothers and sisters in labor against corporate interests that want to end the political power of working people. John has always had the integrity to stand up for what’s right, and I trust him to implement a progressive vision for California.”

“I want to thank Mayor Rick Bonilla for his strong endorsement, and for passionately fighting to increase affordable housing throughout San Mateo, as well as for being such a longtime advocate of the labor community,” said Chiang. “Too many Californians can’t afford to live where they work or where they grew up, and it’s why as treasurer, I helped build or finance thousands of additional affordable housing units throughout California. As governor, I’ll go even further by making affordable housing available to an additional four million Californians over the next decade. California families can trust me to fight for real solutions and real results.”

San Mateo Mayor Rick Bonilla endorsement marks the 10th major endorsement for Chiang in this past week alone, as the mayor joins Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38), Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD-5), San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Goméz (CD-9), State Senator Anthony Portantino (SD-25), former San Diego Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby, the Black Young Democrats of Sacramento, and the Democrats for Israel – Los Angeles.

During his time in public office, John Chiang has fought to protect California’s public employees and to finance more affordable housing options for California’s families:

  • As state treasurer, Chiang has been the state’s leader in working to fund affordable housing, and revamped his office’s affordable housing programs, increasing development by 80% since 2014.
  • As governor, Chiang will go even further by implementing a plan that will place a roof over the heads of an additional four million low- and moderate-income Californians in the next decade.
  • During the 2008 budget stalemate, then-Controller Chiang refused to implement Governor Schwarzenegger’s directive demanding the salaries of more than 200,000 government employees be cut to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 an hour, taking the governor to court to protect the pay of our hardworking public servants.
  • In 2009, then-Controller Chiang refused to implement Governor Schwarzenegger’s directive to furlough the state workforce. Chiang was later vindicated when the California Supreme Court ruled no governor can issue such a furlough order by unilateral fiat.
  • As a state elected official and an ex-officio board member of the CalPERS/CalSTRS systems for many years, Chiang has fought to protect the pensions of public employees and prevent reductions in benefits.
  • Chiang has been a steadfast supporter of giving state workers the right to meet and confer, and believes workers deserve a voice in any changes to their retirement benefits.