Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa listens to a question as he speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa listens to a question as he speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (Courtesy/ AP images)

Antonio Villaraigosa says he wants to run for governor

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will step down from his duties after eight years in office. He told KPCC Tuesday morning that he wants to run for governor in the future.

“You mentioned governor, look, I believe in public service, I want to run for governor. In fact, I fully expect that I will,” Villaraigosa told KPCC.

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Villaraigosa started  his mayorship  in 2005 and was Los Angeles’ first Hispanic mayor since 1872.

In the interview, Villaraigosa addressed the criticism of his constant travel and attendance of high-profile events such as the Democratic Party Convention; Villaraigosa was DNCC chair. According to Larry Mantle, many claimed that his focus was on grandstanding.

“I don’t worry about the criticism; if people don’t have the facts they are going to make criticisms that are baseless,” the Mexican-American mayor said in the interview.

Villaraigosa also says that he has no regrets about his mayoral tenure and that he will always be an Angeleno and will fight for Los Angeles.

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The mayor says that looking forward he wants to do anything that his mayoral successor, Eric Garcetti or Governor Jerry Brown, asks him to do.

“If I can promote the town that I was born and raised in, that my grandpa came to 100 years ago, I’m going to do it,” says Villaraigosa.

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