California gubernatorial candidate John Chiang visited the Imperial Valley to meet with residents and learn the needs of the region.
Chiang began his day early in the morning with a tour of the Salton Sea. Leading Chiang on the tour were public water sector including Juanita Salas, IID Director of Division I and Jessica Lovechio, Sea Mitigation Program Coordinator. The candidate had lunch with local labor union leaders, a visit to Imperial Valley College, solar fields, and a meeting at the LGBT resource center. His day ended with a community reception at Calexico’s Yum Yum Restaurant.
As a child of immigrant parents, John and his siblings grew up in a much different time. His parents arrived this country, each dreaming of a better future. While their determination and relentlessness led to a middle class neighborhood with better schools, they still experienced bigotry, as the first Asian American family on the block.
Chiang currently served as the California State Treasurer since January 5, 2015. He previously served as California State Controller from 2007 to 2015 and on the California Board of Equalization from 1997 to 2007.