(KTXL) — Author, freelance journalist, and climate and environmental activist Michael Shellenberger has announced he is running for governor of California.
In an exclusive interview with Inside California Politics co-host Nikki Laurenzo, the 50-year-old Bay Area resident said he would run for independent governor challenging Gavin Newsom.
“This state has so much potential and it just doesn’t measure up,” said Shellenberger. “It would be an honor for me to serve as Governor of California and help her realize her potential.”
The “San Fransicko” and “Apocalypse Never” author has never held political office before, but this isn’t his first run for governor of California. In 2018, Shellenberger ran as a Democrat and came ninth in the primary election.
Shellenberger said he made the decision to run with no party preference because he “really” didn’t have one.
“I’m actually sick of parties,” he told Inside California Politics. “I love this state, I see it from all sides, and I really think I can put it together.”
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Shellenberger’s announcement comes just a day before the application deadline.
The only other notable name to challenge Newsom is Republican State Sen. Brian Dahle, R-Bieber. He has remained rather quiet since announcing his candidacy.
Many of the top recall candidates, including radio personality Larry Elder and California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin, have decided not to run for the highest office again. State. Thursday afternoon, the former mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer, had not yet announced his decision.
Shellenberger argued for Governor Newsom’s recall and endorsed Faulconer in that race.
A candidate who runs without party preference has never won a statewide office in California.
In September last year, Newsom received overwhelming support from voters in the recall election and currently has a campaign war chest of $25 million.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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