As he weighs a bid for the U.S. Senate, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to deliver remarks and present an award named in his honor in Washington, D.C.
A spokesman for the Latino Leaders Network confirmed that Villaraigosa will deliver a tribute and present Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown with the Antonio Villaraigosa Leadership Award on Thursday. The award goes to mayors who have demonstrated leadership over ethnically diverse cities.
Villaraigosa, whose mayoral term ended in 2013, was president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He’s been silent on his plans since issuing a brief Jan. 10 statement that said he would “seriously consider looking at running” for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat in 2016.
Attorney General Kamala Harris, a fellow Democrat, last week became the first candidate to formally enter the race. Since, Villaraigosa has been telling friends that he’s grown more resolute about mounting a challenge. It’s unclear whether he plans to use the trip to meet with prospective donors or officials on Capitol Hill.
Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, Treasurer John Chiang, Reps. Loretta Sanchez and Xavier Becerra, and several members of Congress, also are considering candidacies. Republicans have yet to field a candidate.
Others scheduled to attend the event include Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, current president of the Conference of Mayors, and former Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, the director of intergovernmental affairs for the Obama administration.
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