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Mayor Villaraigosa Says He’d Like To Be Governor

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LOS ANGELES (CBS)— Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday he’d like to be governor of California.

“The job I’ve said to people I would like is I would like to be governor of the state of California,” Villaraigosa said to Yahoo! News.

In September, Villaraigosa is expected to chair the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. He’s also a national co-chair of President Obama’s re-election campaign.

For most of the past year, he was president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Villaraigosa’s growing national profile has prompted speculation on a possible presidential run in 2016. “The answer is no,” he responded.

Villaraigosa was expected to run for governor in 2010 but decided otherwise.

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