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Jerry Brown wants to take California’s ‘message to Philadelphia’

Gov. Jerry Brown in his office at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, June 30, 2016.
Gov. Jerry Brown in his office at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, June 30, 2016. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown, a fourth-term Democrat whose political aspirations faded on the national stage after seeking the presidency three times, will seek to promote messages surrounding climate change, immigration and nuclear proliferation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The California Democratic Party said Thursday that Brown will lead the state’s delegation to the convention this month.

“California is showing what the Democratic Party can do when it’s unified and bold,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “We can combat climate change, fix our broken immigration system and face up to the growing nuclear danger. And later this month, we will bring this message to Philadelphia.”

Brown, who ran unsuccessfully for president three times, most recently in 1992, endorsed Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, before the California primary in June.

He will be joined by a raft of high-profile Democrats in this heavily Democratic state, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Treasurer John Chiang and the leaders of both houses of the Legislature.

Newsom and Chiang have both announced candidacies in the 2018 election to succeed Brown. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a longtime Clinton supporter who is expected to run for governor, is also a delegate.

Brown pulled out of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte four years ago after the death of his father-in-law, Rockwell “Rocky” Gust. That year, Brown also cited the need to review hundreds of bills sent to him by the Legislature.

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David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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