USF's Leo T. McCarthy Center and POLITICO to Co-Host California Gubernatorial Speaker Series

‘Conversations for the Common Good - The Race for the Second Most Important Office in the Country’ kicks off February 1

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Jan. 18, 2018) — The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco (USF) is partnering with POLITICO to co-host a speaker series featuring candidates running for governor of California in 2018. The inaugural speaker series, in association with the Center’s 15th Anniversary, will be moderated by POLITICO’s Carla Marinucci and David Siders.

The candidates scheduled to speak are as follows:

  • Thurs., February 1:   Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles
  • Mon., February 5:       Gavin Newsom, California State Lt. Governor
  • Thurs., February 15:  Delaine Eastin, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Thurs., March 1:         John Cox, Accountant and businessman
  • Thurs., March 22:       John Chiang, California State Treasurer

All events are free and open to the public, and will take place from 5:00-6:00 PM at the McLaren Complex on the USF campus. Due to limited seating, RSVPs are strongly suggested.

The purpose of the gubernatorial speaker series is to invite candidates to discuss their views on a variety of issues facing the state of California, to communicate the priorities of their platform, and to open a dialogue with Californians on essential topics with statewide implications.

“The McCarthy Center has registered over 1,000 new voters on campus since the fall, and we are pleased to bring the gubernatorial candidates to USF so new and long-time voters alike can learn about their vision for California and their stance on the issues,” said David Donahue, McCarthy Center director. “At a time when the governor of California’s influence extends far beyond the state, this speaker series presents an opportunity to focus in-depth on each candidate’s views.”

Each event will begin with an introduction, followed by a conversation moderated by POLITICO senior reporters Carla Marinucci and David Siders. The event will conclude with a question and answer session with members of the audience.

“The race to decide the next governor of California - the world’s sixth largest economy - will be one of the nation’s most consequential contests in 2018,” said Carla Marinucci, California Playbook Co-Author, POLITICO. “POLITICO is thrilled to collaborate with USF and the McCarthy Center on this rare and important opportunity for voters to hear the views of candidates – unfiltered and at length – on a whole range of key issues confronting the state.”

The speaker series will be co-sponsored by the San Francisco League of Women Voters, the San Francisco Democratic Party and the San Francisco Republican Party. 

Journalists interested in covering the gubernatorial speaker series should contact Kellie Samson at (415) 422-2697 or


About the Leo T. McCarthy Center

The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good is dedicated to inspiring and equipping students at USF to pursue lives and careers of ethical public service and service to others. The center provides a non-partisan forum for education, service and research in public programs and policy-making. It supports undergraduate and graduate academic programs, including a master’s program in public affairs and an undergraduate minor in public service. Additionally, the McCarthy Center provides community-based learning opportunities both domestically and abroad and facilitates government experiences for students.


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About the University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.” For more information, visit