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Alan Autry Backs Villaraigosa for Governor
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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May 19, 2018

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Alan Autry, former Republican Mayor of Fresno, has endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for governor. In an interview with GV Wire, Autry said the Democratic candidate is the best choice to lead California.
“He’s head and shoulders the best problem solver on the ballot,” Autry said. “There’s a whole laundry list of issues here in California that have been left unmet for not just years, but decades,” Autry said. “He, by far, has demonstrated his ability to attack these problems.”

Two-Term Mayors

Autry, a past NFL quarterback and a professional actor with Hollywood credits, served as Fresno’s mayor from 2001-2009. His second term overlapped with Villaraigosa’s first four years as mayor of Los Angeles.

“He’s head and shoulders the best problem solver on the ballot,” — Alan Autry on Antonio Villaraigosa 
During those years, Villaraigosa focused considerable energy on reforming underperforming schools in his city. Autry had pursued similar a similar goal in Fresno.
“Antonio Villaraigosa demonstrated, when he took on the school system in LA, he is willing to do what is right, at least what he thinks is right, to fight the battle that needs to be fought to get things done, ” Autry said. “That is why I’m supporting him.”

“Tale of Three States”

Despite Autry’s more conservative political leanings, he says Villaraigosa has the unique ability to bridge differences. “In California, you have a Tale of Three States — northern, central and southern California,” he says. Villaraigosa, he believes, will be able to bring diverse interests to the table.
“I think that first responsibility is to show the rest of the country, ‘Hey, here’s how we work together within our state to solve problems,’ ” Autry says. “He sees that we need to begin the process of having policies that bring us together.”
The top-two finishers in California’s June 5 primary will advance to the November general election, regardless of political party. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, has been the frontrunner in most polls. Villaraigosa, also a Democrat, is battling Republicans John Cox and Travis Allen for the second position.
Cox’s campaign received a boost Friday when President Donald Trump endorsed him Friday afternoon via Twitter.

Autry Emphasizes Independence

In another announcement, Autry said he recently changed his voter registration status to No Party Preference.
“I’ve always been an independent thinker, an independent decision maker. I think party politics is so out of control. It’s taken away the independent mind. It is collective groupthink on both sides. That’s not going to get things done.”

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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