John Chiang’s campaign for governor today announced the endorsement of the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club (SVAPADC). The SVAPADC was founded in 1996 to foster community member participation at all levels of the Democratic Party and engage Asian Pacific Americans in civic leadership and public service.
“John Chiang has dedicated his life to empowering and protecting the people of California,” the SVAPADC said in a statement. “Not only has John displayed real integrity by always fighting for what’s right, but he has a track record of proven results — developing and financing more affordable housing, working to alleviate student debt, and holding financial bad actors accountable when they aim to hurt consumers. John has also made it a priority to green our state and invest in clean technology in the Silicon Valley, and has a long history of standing with California’s workers and supporting labor rights. John has been a dedicated champion for the Asian Pacific American community and all communities across our great state, so the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club is proud to endorse John and his progressive vision for California.”
“I want to thank the SVAPADC for their endorsement and their tireless work to ensure that the Asian Pacific American community is active and engaged in public service here in California,” said Chiang. “I believe that every Californian should be able to access their dreams, and it’s why I’ve fought to finance more affordable housings, protect workers’ paychecks, invest in the green technologies of the future, and prioritize California’s education system. I’m thankful for SVAPADC’s support — and I promise that they and all Californians can trust me to fight for what’s right for our families.”
SVAPADC marks another major endorsement for Chiang’s campaign, joining UNAC/UHCP, AFSCME District Council 36, NPE Action, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38), Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, the Black Young Democrats of Sacramento, the AAPI Democratic Club of San Diego, and so many others.
As a member of the state Board of Equalization, as state controller, and as state treasurer, Chiang has consistently fought to protect Californians:
- When Wells Fargo began ripping off hundreds of thousands of innocent Californians and millions of other Americans, including vulnerable seniors, immigrants, veterans, and low-income communities, Chiang imposed sanctions on the bank and cut Wells Fargo off from their most profitable lines of business in California.
- Chiang recently put forward a higher education plan that will ensure Californians are the first priority when it comes to enrollment at public colleges and universities, rolls back tuition and fees for the University of California and California State University systems, and makes it easier for students to refinance their loans.
- Chiang has also put forward an education plan that would invest more in K-12 education, obtain and train new teachers, and invest more in public education.
- By restructuring California’s state debt to generate more than $6 billion for schools, infrastructure, and public safety, Chiang brought back our failing state economy.
- 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. He’s now working to place a roof over the heads of an additional four million low and moderate-income Californians in the next decade.
- Chiang convened California’s first Green Bond Symposium to come up with ways to turbocharge the innovative, new green bond market, with an eye toward unlocking its potential to pay for billions of dollars in investments in our green infrastructure.
- 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.