Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown has cancelled today’s campaign stop at UCSB, but plans to visit the campus in mid-May.
The Campus Democrats-hosted event would have marked Brown’s first campaign appearance on a college campus this year. The former mayor of Oakland and current attorney general of California had intended to speak at the Faculty Club Green today, but rescheduled his campus visit for May 17.
“Brown will be at UCSB on the 17th for a rally and speech,” Sterling Clifford, Brown’s campaign spokesperson, said.
Clifford said the event was rescheduled due to complications with the candidate’s calendar.
“Campaign schedules are like a Rubik’s Cube, you move one piece, you have to move the others,” Clifford said. “But we’re excited to be there on the 17th.”
Brown, who is looking to become the Democratic nominee for California governor, previously held the state’s top office from 1975 to 1983.
Campus Democrats Treasurer David Cunningham said the club is disappointed about the postponement.
“It’s very unfortunate [that the cancellation] happened and that we had already advertised for the event, but luckily for us Jerry Brown has rescheduled,” Cunningham said. “He would have come; he was very excited because it would have been his first appearance on a college campus.”
Campus Democrats had projected that an estimated 1,500 students would attend the event.
Campus Democrats Communications Director Ian Blue said Brown’s appearance was called off on Thursday due to circumstances beyond the control of campus organizers.
“[Brown] had a scheduling conflict and he wasn’t able to make it out to Santa Barbara,” Blue said. “We’re working on getting him here in May at a similar venue.”