A day after billionaire Tom Steyer announced he would not seek
Chiang, a Democrat who took office three weeks ago, was a potentially serious contender in the June 2016 primary. He was elected to two terms as state controller before winning the treasurer's job in November, and he has proved adept at raising campaign money.
For now, the sole major candidate in the race is state Atty. Gen.
Former Los Angeles Mayor
Former state Assembly Speaker Willie Brown told the Sacramento Bee on Friday that Villaraigosa should decline to run in deference to Harris.
"His loyalty and his relationship with her should be so valuable, and he should, in my opinion, see it as an opportunity to demonstrate that," said Brown, who dated Harris in the 1990s.
Villaraigosa spokesman Mike Trujillo declined to comment on Brown's suggestion.
Villaraigosa allies have portrayed Harris as the handpicked candidate of powerful San Francisco Democrats, saying the contest should include a Southern California Latino, such as the former Los Angeles mayor.
State Democratic Party Chairman