Anyone who submitted $4,194 or 7,000 signatures, along with five years of tax returns to the state of California, can enter the wide-open governor’s recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 14.
Some of the candidates’ professions in this election include puppeteer, clergy, geologist, CPA, and homicide detective.
Anything is possible, as Californians have given two famous faces the job. The last one, Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003, was the only time that a gubernatorial recall was successful despite 55 attempts.
The filing deadline ended at 5 p.m. Friday, and several high-profile Republicans have entered the race, while the field of Democrats, Green Party members, and Libertarians are not well known. A complete list on the California secretary of state’s website will be available next week. But so far, there are 80 names: 16 Democrats, 33 Republicans, 4 Green Party members, 1 Libertarian, and 21 people with no party preferences.
Newsom was elected in 2018 with 62% of the vote, but voters were angered over the state’s strict COVID-19 mandates. The state went through the nation’s longest lockdown that crippled businesses and resulted in one of the worst economic climates at 48th place.
Will Newsom survive until the next election? Recent polls show voter dissatisfaction cooling off, with 60% saying they would keep the governor in his job. Polls have been wrong before, as President Donald Trump’s election can attest.
Here are the most high-profile people throwing their hats into the ring:
The conservative talk show host and frequent Fox News guest has been a mainstay on Los Angeles airwaves since 1993. Elder is the only high-profile black candidate in the race. He is a critic of policies that lessen the power of law enforcement and allow for bigger government, frequently blasting state lawmakers over homelessness, crime, and anti-family values.
A member of the California State Legislature, Kiley has been a huge thorn in Newsom’s side. The conservative lawyer has personally sued Newsom over his lockdown policies and written a book called RECALL NEWSOM: The Case against America’s Worst Governor. Kiley is against big-government policies.
Arguably the most famous candidate of the group, Jenner is a former Olympian and a member of the Kardashian clan. The former athlete has also been a successful business owner and motivational speaker. A centrist, Jenner wants to focus on improving the business climate to keep jobs in California.
Gaines is a former state senator who ran for California Insurance Commissioner in 2014. The conservative is on the Board of Equalization, which administers state taxes. With a background as an insurance agent, Gaines opposed Obamacare and personally sued the state over claims of wasteful spending.
Cox was the Republican nominee for governor in 2018. The businessman and attorney ran on a platform of cutting taxes and rooting out corruption in Sacramento. A former Democrat, Cox is a centrist who was one of the early drivers of the recall campaign.
The last time that San Diego produced a governor was Pete Wilson from 1991 to 1999. Faulconer is a former San Diego mayor and was one of the first to declare his candidacy. A pro-business centrist, Faulconer also supports working with Democrats to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create more renewable energy.
Ose is the only former House of Representatives member in the race. He served until 2004 and was also a candidate for governor in 2018. Americans for Tax Reform named Ose the “Hero of the Taxpayers” during his time in Congress. He was also one of the first members who attempted to build a border wall.
It wouldn’t be a traditional California gubernatorial election without an actor in the mix. Kilpatrick has worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, and Steven Spielberg. He has appeared in more than 170 movies and television shows, both in front of and behind the camera. Kilpatrick says diversity and comradeship are key for a progressive society to benefit all.
A YouTube influencer and real estate broker with the show Meet Kevin, Paffrath is one of the youngest candidates at 29 years old. The entrepreneur has 1.6 million subscribers who tune in to hear advice on how to create wealth in the real estate market. Paffrath has created a 20-part plan for his candidacy that includes no state income tax.
Hewitt is on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. He wrote an opinion article outlining his reasons for running, which named “arbitrary and capricious criteria” regarding pandemic lockdowns as one of his reasons. Hewitt also wants to reduce red tape for businesses as a means to stimulate the economy.
Author : Tori Richards
Source : Washington Examiner : California recall runners and riders: Larry Elder and Caitlyn Jenner head diverse pack