CAITLYN Jenner is one of four Republicans who may challenge California Governor Gavin Newsom in a recall election.
Jenner announced her candidacy and launched her campaign website on April 23, 2021.
Who's running for governor of California?
Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic hero, is running for governor of California against Newsom, a Democrat.
Jenner could face off against Newsom in a rare recall election, which last took place in California in 2003 when Arnold Schwarzenegger emerged victorious.
Under state law any elected official may be subjected to a recall if enough signatures are gathered within a certain amount of time.
County election officials are required to submit their final signature counts to the state no later than April 29.
If the recall qualifies for the ballot, voters would be asked two questions, including whether Newsom should be removed from office.
The second would be a list of replacement candidates to choose from, if more than 50 percent of voters support removing Newsom from office.
The transgender rights activist Jenner called herself an outsider and “a proven winner” and the only candidate “who can put an end to Gavin Newsom's disastrous time as governor.”
“I'm in,” she wrote on her website.
“For the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”
Jenner described herself as “economically conservative, socially progressive” in a 2020 interview with People magazine.
Jenner supported Donald Trump in his successful 2016 presidential bid but later criticized his administration’s reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms.
She also ripped Trump after he said transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the military.
Other Republican candidates for governor are expected to include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former US Rep. Doug Ose and businessman John Cox, who lost to Newsom in 2018.
Faulconer jabbed at Jenner by criticizing her lack of experience in government.
“I think I’m uniquely positioned in terms of somebody who has won elections and knows how to get results," he said.
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