"Valley" Mayor Endorses Villaraigosa
NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Calling him the best choice to lead Los Angeles,
Assemblymember Keith Richman (R-Granada Hills) today endorsed Antonio
Villaraigosa for mayor.
Richman – who represents the north San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita,
and Simi Valley – said Villaraigosa will be a fresh start for the City.
“I’m a Republican, but I know Antonio Villaraigosa,” Richman said. “I
know his record and what he has done for Los Angeles. As Speaker of the
Assembly and now as a Councilmember, Antonio has always been able to
build consensus to get things done. Antonio will lead where Jim Hahn has
Since coming in first in the primary with 33% of the vote, Villaraigosa
has been reaching out to leaders across Los Angeles to win their support.
“I’m proud to stand here next to Keith Richman,” Villaraigosa said. “I
say that because I know that no political party has a monopoly on the
right ideas. Voters here in the San Fernando Valley want a mayor who
listens to their concerns and keeps his word to make real changes.
Whether it’s increasing police presence, developing a sensible plan for
housing growth, or reducing gridlock, I will be that mayor.”
Richman also endorsed Villaraigosa’s vision for Los Angeles. “Antonio
and I agree on so many issues. We both want to create a regional airport
system instead of expanding LAX; we both know that improving services in
the Valley should be a priority; and we both want Los Angeles to hold
the line on fiscal responsibility. Antonio has the right ideas in this
Dr. Keith Richman was elected to the State Assembly in 2000 and has
distinguished himself by leading a bipartisan group of legislators to
craft solutions on the budget and health care. During the primary, he
served as co-chair of Bob Hertzberg’s campaign. In 2002, Richman
received the most votes for Mayor of the San Fernando Valley during the