CCalifornians are just days away from the state’s impeachment election for governor on Sept. 14, where, for the second time in California history, voters will have a chance to decide whether the governor should keep his job.
Many voters have already started sending their ballots, which contain two questions: Should Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom be removed from office? And if so, who should succeed him?
Given that the only requirements to run are a $ 4,200 filing fee “and a dream,” as recall expert Joshua Spivak put it, a total of 46 candidates have entered the ballot. Here are some of the pioneers:
Larry Elder, host of a radio show
The pioneer in the fight to replace Newsom is Elder, 69, a right-wing radio host who, over the past three decades, has built a reputation for his divisive and opposing views. Having entered the impeachment campaign just days before the submission deadline, he has risen to the top of the polls. Elder opposes gun control and minimum wage, has dismissed human-caused climate change, and acquitted police of shooting black Americans. The self-proclaimed “Sage from South Central” is a familiar face on Fox news and has built a dedicated audience of listeners who could help propel him to the governor’s office, regardless of views and political positions that are out there. Contact what the majority of Democrats and Republican voters want.
Kevin Faulconer, former mayor of San Diego
Faulconer, 54, was a San Diego councilor and later mayor. A relatively moderate Republican, he has supported immigration reform and recognized human-caused climate change. He had distanced himself from Donald Trump, but voted for the former president in 2020 and has most recently appeared on several right-wing talk shows. Their policies include a plan to eliminate state income taxes for individuals earning less than $ 50,000 and joint taxpayers earning up to $ 100,000, and another to exempt military retirement income from state taxes.
John Cox, businessman
Cox, 66, has become best known this election cycle for carrying a 1,000-pound Kodiak bear on the campaign trail. The businessman who made his fortune in real estate and property management has been running unsuccessfully for political office for two decades. In 2018, he lost the gubernatorial race to Gavin Newsom by a historic margin. He has proposed to address the homelessness problem in the state by having the police crack down on public campgrounds, reduce state income taxes by 25%, and increase production of nuclear power and natural gas. He has also pledged to waive the mask and vaccine requirements.
Caitlyn Jenner, former Olympian and reality star
The 71-year-old Jenner’s entry into the race made national news, due to her wide recognition and celebrity. She made immediate comparisons to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who in 2003 used his fame to beat Gov. Gray Davis in a recall election. But his campaign appears to have flopped in recent weeks and he has lagged behind in the polls. Echoing national Republican stances, she has said that as governor she would veto tax increases, “fully fund” the police and oppose the teaching of critical race theory in schools.
Kevin Kiley, State Assemblyman
Kiley, 36, is a Republican Assemblyman representing parts of Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado counties in Northern California and was one of two congressmen who sued Newsom for the governor’s use of executive actions during the pandemic. If elected, he wants end the pandemic state of emergencyand get rid of mask commands in the schools.
Kevin Paffrath, social media influencer
Paffrath, 29, is one of the few Democrats running for governor. On YouTube, he posts videos on personal finance, stocks, and real estate for 1.6 million subscribers. A self-proclaimed centrist wants Address housing problems partly due to declare a state of emergency in the home rush permitting for 2 million homes in four years. Paffrath has some unusual policy proposals: He said he hopes to solve California’s drought crisis by building a pipeline to the Mississippi River. He also proposes eliminating the state income tax on the first $ 250,000 earned and funding police departments to provide more training for officers to reduce excessive surveillance of black and brown communities.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism