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Perseverance Quote of the Day

Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Mayor of Los Angeles

So it wasn't until I was almost 40 -- 15 to 40, 25 years -- that I started thinking about running for office, and it was only because people would tell me for maybe a decade, when I would ask them to support this candidate or that one, "Why don't you run?" And I didn't run at the time because I was kind of disillusioned with electoral politics, and I saw too many people that just didn't have the courage of their convictions, weren't interested in really making a real difference, just wanted to get reelected. And I wasn't interested in that. Finally ran, ran for the State Assembly. Was kind of one of those races where most people didn't think it was possible, it was an upset of sorts. Ran against the power structure in Sacramento, won. Almost immediately, I think I was there three weeks, they made me Majority Whip, two years later Majority Leader, and the year after that, Speaker. And I have been involved since then. I made this audacious run for mayor when I was at nine percent in the polls and the person I was going to be running against was at 72. A year later, I beat him in the primary, lost in the runoff. Went into the private sector for a bit, ran for city council for two years and then decided, coming back from the Democratic Convention, that I was going to run for mayor. And again, in an upset, won in the primary and then in the runoff. So I can't tell you it was something that I thought a lot about until I did it. And once I did it, I went for it.
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