Michael R. Blood and Kathleen Ronayne
Sacramento, Calif. — The official list of who is running in the recall election of California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom remained shaky on Sunday, with conservative talk radio host Larry Elder saying he should be included and state officials did not provide any details. why he was not. .
Secretary of State spokeswoman Jenna Dressner said all candidates who did not qualify were told why, but a spokeswoman for Elder’s campaign said she had received no information. Spokesman Ying Ma said Elder collected voter signatures from three counties and the campaign assumed the state had not finished tying them together. Candidates must pay a filing fee of approximately $4,200 or submit 7,000 signatures.
Dresner did not answer whether Elder still had a chance to appear in the final list of candidates to be released on Wednesday.
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When Elder announced his candidacy on July 12, he immediately became one of the most recognizable Republicans in the field, given his years on talk radio and appearances on LBL as a candidate that Which could have energized GOP voters more. Jack Pitney, a professor of political science at Claremont McKenna College, said that although Elder is likely to excite many voters, most Republicans are unlikely to stay in the house if he is not on the list.
“I think Republicans are going to show up because they hate Newsom, not because they are particular fans of any replacement candidates,” Pitney said.
Among other candidates, former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulkner’s campaign was in dispute with state officials over whether he could be listed as the city’s “retired” mayor, and YouTube creator Kevin Pfarth said he had put his vote on the ballot Plans to sue to acquire YouTube alias. Meanwhile, Olympian-turned-reality-TV-star Caitlyn Jenner was reportedly filming a reality show in Australia, though she tweeted on Friday that she and her campaign team are “in full operation.”
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The list of 41 candidates released Saturday by the state did not list more than 100 candidates who ran to recall California’s governor for the last time in 2003. But it involved a range of candidates from the anonymous to the famous, including one entertainer. Putting himself in the 1980s on Los Angeles billboards and others with catchy names, such as Deputy Sheriff Denver Stoner, and Nicholas Wildstar, who lists himself as a musician/entrepreneur/father.
Who Are the 41 Candidates in the California Recall Election?
The list includes 21 Republicans, eight Democrats, one moderate, nine independents and two Green Party members. Ballots will start arriving in the mail from next month and the official date for the election is September 14.
Each candidate is listed with a job title or other descriptor, but they are not allowed to use the word “former.” Faulkner’s spokesman John Burke said that Faulkner’s campaign requested to list him as the “retired” mayor of San Diego, which state officials are now disputing. He left office in 2020, and the context of his former role will help boost his name recognition.
Pfrath said he plans to sue because he was not allowed to list himself as Kevin “Meet Kevin” Pfrath on the ballot, which includes his YouTube name. He notes that another candidate was cleared to run as Chauncey “Slim” Killens, who lists himself as a retired corrections officer.
No Democrat of political stature chose to run. Polls have shown Newsom in a good position to win. But should he lose his upset, there will be no established Democrats among the replacement candidates, potentially opening the way for a Republican to take the seat.
Voters will be sent a ballot with two questions: whether Newsom should be recalled, and who should replace him. If more than half the voters say “yes” to the first question, the one with the most votes on the list of possible replacements is the new governor of the country’s most populous state. With multiple candidates and no clear front-runner, it is possible that someone could win with less than 25% of the vote.
The pressure to oust Newsom is largely rooted in frustration with the long-running school and business closures during the pandemic, which have turned the daily lives of millions of Californians upside down. But many voters are not paying attention, and no new candidate appeared on Saturday who might have the potential to reshape the trajectory of the race.
According to the Secretary of State’s office, candidates who have required paperwork include:
- Pfarth, 29, who provides financial advice to his 1.7 million YouTube subscribers. Democrats say their lack of “political stuff” is a good thing. His proposals include building underground tunnels for new roadways and cutting income tax.
- Angeline, the only one-name candidate to run on the ballot, is an entertainer who rose to fame in Los Angeles in the 1980s by purchasing billboard space to advertise her name and image. She is listed as having “no party preference” and her stage includes an annual masquerade ball where citizens dress up like the governor, an official bubble bath day, and a “rehabilitation for politicians”.
- Jeff Hewitt, 68, is a Riverside County Supervisor. He wrote in the Orange County Register that he was entering the race because “this state no longer accommodates dreams, promotes ideas, or solves problems.” He argues that the state needs a fresh approach and operates as a liberal one.
- Joel Ventreska, 69, is a Democrat, although he says he is on the left compared to Newsom, whom he called a “corporate, establishment, insider Democrat.” Ventresca’s main campaign platform is providing free health care and education “Cradle to Grave” for all in California. He retired from San Francisco International Airport in 2018, where he held several roles.
- Sam Gallucci, 60, a Republican, is a former technology executive who is the senior pastor at Embrace! Church in Oxnard, California. He also runs services that provide support for at-risk women and children and migrants. In his tech career, he rose through the corporate ranks to become executive vice president and general manager of software maker PeopleSoft, which Oracle acquired in 2004 for $10.3 billion.
- Caitlyn Jenner, 71, is a lifelong Republican trying to propel her celebrity to a surprise win. She won the men’s decathlon gold medal at the 1976 Olympics, married into the Kardashian family and became a reality TV star with them, and came out as transgender in 2015. He describes himself as a financial conservative who is liberal on social issues. But she has been proven wrong in interviews and has not issued any significant policy proposals.
- John Cox, 66, was the Republican nominee for governor in 2018 and lost to Newsom in a landslide. This time around, the multi-millionaire businessman displays a showman’s instincts, campaigning with both a Kodiak bear and a giant ball of garbage. He has been seeking public office for a long time. He has sought several political offices, including the US House and Senate, as well as President.
- Doug Ose, 66, is a millionaire businessman and former Republican congressman who represented the Sacramento-area district from 1999 to 2005. Ose says he is ready to work across party lines to reopen schools and get the economy back in full force. He calls Sacramento broken, pointing to the homelessness crisis, soaring gas taxes, and rising crime rates. He briefly ran for governor in 2018.
- Jacqueline McGowan, 46, a Democrat, is a former stockbroker who is a cannabis policy reform advocate. She is rushing to draw attention to the crisis in the legal cannabis market, which has struggled to stand on its feet amid heavy regulation and taxes while facing stiff competition from a thriving underground market. She would lower pot taxes and push communities that haven’t established local markets to open the door for legal sales.
- Kevin Faulkner, 54, is a Republican who was twice elected mayor of Democratic-leaning San Diego and has long been seen as a potential statewide candidate, given his centrist credentials in strongly Democratic California. . He has presented himself as a problem-solver and has touted his work to keep homeless off the streets as it spreads uncontrollably in Los Angeles and 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 “Real Housewives of Orange County” for 15 years. The Republican says “California is completely broken” and is promising to “get the government out of our lives… and out of our wallets.” He has also served on local government commissions.
- Kevin Kelly, 36, a Republican state assembly member from the Sacramento area who emerged as a favorite among GOP volunteers, signed a petition calling for the recall. He built a reputation as a strong conservative and one of Newsom’s most vocal critics.