LOS ANGELES –California on Saturday released a slate of 41 recall election candidates targeting Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom that was striking to those not on the list: conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder.
Elder, a Republican and regular Fox News guest, announced his candidacy on July 12, bringing a well-known voice on the political right to a Republican field trying to oust Newsom.
But he was not on the list published by the Secretary of State of candidates who qualified to be registered in the September 14 poll.
Elder campaign spokeswoman Ying Ma said she expected him to be on the final list of candidates released next week. “Our campaign has submitted all documents required by the Secretary of State and Los Angeles County Registrar” to qualify for the ballot, she said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear what demand Elder had not responded to.
The list of candidates ranges from famous to anonymous and includes 21 Republicans, eight Democrats, one libertarian, nine independents and two members of the Green Party.
The total number of candidates was lower than many had predicted – some predictions envisioned a parade of more than 100 candidates on the ballot.
This could be a setback for supporters of the recall who had hoped that a wide and prominent field would attract voters to the crucial first question: Should we recall Newsom, yes or no? If that question fails, the recall is over and Newsom remains in power, with potential second-round replacement candidates rendered useless.
If Newsom is recalled, whoever makes the list of potential replacements gets the most votes is the new governor of the country’s most populous state. With many candidates and no clear favorites, it is possible that the winner will get less than 25% of the vote.
The recall date was set earlier this month after Republican organizers easily authorized the 1.5 million petition signatures required to place the proposal on the ballot. Much of the push to oust Newsom is rooted in frustration over long-standing school and business closures during the pandemic that disrupted the daily lives of millions of Californians.
Some of the main Republican candidates have been campaigning for months, but no Democrats of political stature decided to run, giving Newsom what amounted to a significant and progressive victory. In 2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, was elected after voters recalled Democratic Governor Gray Davis. Many believe Davis was damaged when a fellow Democrat, Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, entered the race.
But it could also backfire on you. Polls showed Newsom would push back the recall. But if he loses in an upheaval, there would be no established Democrat among the replacement candidates, potentially paving the way for a Republican to take the seat.
While there are a few notable personalities, this year’s roster lacks the panache of contenders for the state’s 2003, circus-like recall. Among the 135 names on the ballot that year were former child star Gary Coleman, pornographer Larry Flynt, former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth and political scholar Ariana Huffington, who dropped out shortly before the elections.
Polls showed many voters were ignoring this year’s contest, and no new candidate emerged on Saturday who appeared to have the potential to rearrange the race course.
Regarding the requirements for running, the bar is relatively low. A candidate must be a citizen, registered or qualified to vote in California and not be convicted of bribery or theft of public money. Applicants must pay an application fee of approximately $ 4,200 and submit at least 65 valid nomination signatures with their nomination paper. They must also file copies of federal income tax returns for the previous five years.
A certified list – the one voters will see – will be released on Wednesday and changes are possible. According to the Secretary of State’s office, candidates who have filed the required documents include:
– Kevin Paffrath, 29, is a YouTuber who gives financial advice to his 1.7 million subscribers. The Democrat says his lack of “political background” is a good thing. Anyone who wins the recall election would be governor for just over a year before the next election, which Paffrath compared to an essay. His proposals include building underground tunnels for new roads and lowering income taxes. The multimillionaire denies that his candidacy is a ploy to generate more publicity.
– Jeff Hewitt, 68, is a Riverside County Supervisor. He wrote in The Orange County Register that he entered the race because “this state no longer welcomes dreams, encourages ideas or solves problems.” He argues that the state needs a new approach and, as a libertarian, he is well positioned to work with Democrats and Republicans.
–Joel Ventresca, 69, is a Democrat but says he’s more to the left than Newsom and even Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on some issues. âI see Newsom as a business, an institution, an insider Democrat,â he says. Ventresca’s leading campaign platform provides free âcradle to graveâ health care and education for everyone in California. He retired in 2018 from San Francisco International Airport, where he held several positions and ran for mayor of San Francisco in 2019. He obtained 7% of the vote.
– Sam Gallucci, 60, Republican, is a former tech executive who is Senior Pastor at Embrace! Church in Oxnard, California. He also runs support services for women and children at risk and migrants. During his technology career, he rose through the corporate ranks to become executive vice president and general manager of software maker PeopleSoft. Oracle acquired the company for $ 10.3 billion in 2004. It says “the soul of our state has been lost.”
– Caitlyn Jenner, 71, is a longtime Republican trying to turn her stardom into a surprise victory. She won the gold medal in the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Olympics, married the Kardashians and became reality TV stars with them, then became a transgender woman in 2015. She became a transgender woman. is described as a fiscal conservative and liberal on social issues. . But she has proven to be prone to blunders in interviews, and a pinch of polls has suggested she wasn’t Arnold Schwarzenegger, who used the power of his celebrity to become governor of California in a recall election in 2003.
– John Cox, 66, was the Republican candidate for governor in 2018 and lost to Newsom in a landslide. This time around, the multi-millionaire businessman showed showman instinct, at one point campaigning with a Kodiak bear to show he wanted to make “beastly” change in California. He has long sought a public office. Beginning in 2000, Cox ran for the United States House and twice for the United States Senate in his former home state of Illinois, but failed in the overcrowded Republican primaries. He also waged a largely unnoticed campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
– Doug Ose, 66, is a multimillionaire businessman and former Republican congressman who represented a district in the Sacramento area from 1999 to 2005. Ose says he’s ready to work across party lines to reopen schools and boost the economy. He calls Sacramento Shattered, highlighting the homeless crisis, increasing gasoline taxes and increasing crime rates. He calls for regional debates. âCalifornians are tired of having a governor whose operating themes are hypocrisy, self-interest, half-truths and mediocrity,â Ose said. He briefly ran for governor in 2018.
– Jacqueline McGowan, 46, Democrat, is a former stockbroker turned advocate for cannabis policy reform. She runs to draw attention to what she calls a crisis in the legal cannabis market, which has struggled to recover amid heavy regulations and taxes while facing stiff competition from the underground market. flourishing. Legal marijuana is not available in many areas of the state. She says the state has largely turned its back on the industry’s problems. It would reduce taxes on the pot and push communities that have not established local markets to open the door to legal sales.
–Kevin Faulconer, 54, is a Republican who was twice elected mayor of San Diego, with Democratic leanings, and stepped down last year. He was one of the early participants in the recall race and has long been seen as a potential statewide candidate, given his centrist credentials in a heavily Democratic California. He has portrayed himself as a problem solver who can work across the political aisle and has bragged about his work in keeping homeless settlements off the streets as they spread unchecked in Los Angeles. and in San Francisco.
– Steve Chavez Lodge, 62, is a retired homicide detective and small business owner. He gained notoriety when he became engaged to reality TV personality Vicki Gunvalson, who appeared on the “Real Housewives of Orange County” for 15 years. The Republican says “California is completely shattered” and promises to “get the government out of our lives … and out of our wallets.” He has also served on local government commissions.
–Kevin Kiley, 36, is a Republican state assembly member from the Sacramento area who has become a favorite of GOP volunteers who have collected petition signatures for the recall. He has built a reputation as a strong curator and one of Newsom’s most vocal critics, and is considered a rising figure in the California GOP.
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