LOS ANGELES. - The mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, said in an interview with local television station KTTV that in his future plans are to possibly run for governor of California, but avoided mentioning a date.
Villaraigosa, who is a Democrat and now 60 years old, will end his second term as the Mayor for the City of Los Angeles on June 30, which is the maximum that is allowed by law, and reiterated his intention to join a study group as of July 1, 2013.
"I'm going to recruit a 'think tank' to rethink what I believe is the right way to move forward," said Villaraigosa, who in the past had already expressed his desire to be part of an organization dedicated to research and analysis.
"I think California has lost its luster and we have to work to get it back," said the Mayor who also has Mexican roots and in 2005 became the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles in 133 years.
Rumors about his future soared months ago after he was appointed chairman of the Democratic National Convention, and his name was mentioned around to hold a position in Washington, possibly as running for governor of California, a job he admitted he is tempting.
"One day I'd like to run for governor but there's not a vacancy last time I looked," said the Mayor.