John Chiang’s campaign for governor today announced the endorsement of Mountain View Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga. Abe-Koga was elected to the Mountain View City Council in 2006. She served as vice-mayor in 2008, and as mayor in 2009 — making her the first Asian American female to serve as mayor in Mountain View’s 108-year history.
“John Chiang has been one of our state’s most reliable leaders in creating more affordable housing throughout California,” said Councilmember Abe-Koga. “Ensuring that every Californian can afford to have a house to call their own has been one of the greatest challenges facing our state, and John has been following through on his commitment to finance more housing for California families. He is the one candidate I trust to lead with integrity and continue to put forward affordable housing solutions. John will never stop working for the people of California and I’m proud to endorse his campaign for governor.”
“Councilmember Abe-Koga has been a trailblazer for women and Asian Americans in Mountain View, and I’m honored to have her support,” said Chiang. “Too many Californians can’t afford to live where they work or even where they grew up, which is why I’ve led the fight to finance more affordable housing in our state. As governor, I promise to continue to devote resources and take concrete action towards putting a roof over the heads of an additional four million low- and moderate-income Californians within the next decade. I thank Councilmember Abe-Koga for supporting my plan to create more affordable housing and for lending her support and energy to my campaign.”
Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga joins the long list of major endorsements Chiang has received in the last several weeks, including UNAC/UHCP, AFSCME District Council 36, NPE Action, former opponent Michael Bracamontes, Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38), Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, the Black Young Democrats of Sacramento, and so many others.
As California state treasurer, John Chiang has fought for investments to finance affordable housing:
- 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.
- Last year, Chiang helped lead a coalition of building trades, developers, non-profits, and advocates to fight for an affordable housing bond, and advocated for SB 2 and SB 3, placing a $4 billion housing bond on the ballot in 2018.