LOS ANGELES, CA – John Chiang’s campaign for governor today announced the endorsement of State Senator Anthony Portantino (SD-25). Portantino represents the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, and is Chairman of the Senate Budget Sub-Committee on Education.
“John Chiang truly understands that expanding academic opportunities for our children and investing in our schools benefits the future of our students, our economy, and our state,” said Portantino. “I’m proud to endorse John because he has a proven track record of accomplishments, and I trust him to put the welfare of our students first. He has the integrity to stand up for our state’s children and will accomplish great things for California.”
“I’m excited to have Senator Portantino’s endorsement,” said Chiang. “The senator has been a strong advocate for investing in California’s schools and making a positive difference for our children. I share his belief that education is the key to the American Dream and as governor, I’ll push for free childcare and universal pre-kindergarten, two free years of community college, and stronger investments in our schools. Senator Portantino’s support on the heels of the California Democratic Convention this weekend shows the strong grassroots momentum we are continuing to build.”
As both California state treasurer and formerly as state controller, John Chiang has consistently fought to protect and invest in California’s young people and students:
- Chiang has put forward an education plan that would invest more in K-12 education, obtain and train new teachers, and return California to its community college roots, by providing every student with access to two free years of community college.
- As treasurer, Chiang helped launch the Every Kid Counts College Savings Matching Grant Program that provides $3 million in funding to help low- and moderate-income California families save for college.
- Chiang launched the Scholar Dollar program to make more than $300,000 available annually to K-8 public and charter schools to help pay for extracurricular and after-school programs.
- By restructuring California’s state debt, Chiang helped generate more than $6 billion for schools, infrastructure, and public safety.