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Villaraigosa on Running for CA Governor: “The Answer is No”

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Los Angeles Democratic mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday announced he will not enter the 2010 race for governor of California.

Villaraigosa, who was recently elected to a second term as mayor, said his commitment to the city of Los Angeles prompted him to stay put.  

“The answer is no,” Villaraigosa said in an interview on CNN. “I feel compelled to complete what I started out to do… I can’t leave this city in the middle of a crisis.” He noted the city’s unemployment rate, residents who have lost their homes and the budget deficit.

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