California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi will speak at a rally on campus today at noon in Freeborn Plaza, between the UC Davis Bookstore and Freeborn Hall.
Garamendi, who announced his bid for governor in 2010 over the summer, will speak about what it means to be a Democrat as well as his support for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
The event, titled “Democrats Unite for Change,” is sponsored by Davis College Democrats and UC Davis Students for Barack Obama. State Representative Lois Wolk (D-Davis) will also speak about her current campaign for the state senate in what organizers expect to be one of the largest political rallies on campus this year.
The highest-ranking democrat in California state government, Garamendi was sworn in as lieutenant governor in January 2007. He also serves as a regent for the University of California. He has been vocal about his opposition to student fee increases and proposed a five-year moratorium on tuition increases. Garamendi also often speaks about the need for college campuses to focus on sustainability.