California gubernatorial election, 2018

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California gubernatorial election, 2018
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Incumbent Governor

Jerry Brown
Democratic



The 2018 California gubernatorial election will be held on November 6, 2018, to elect the next Governor of California. Incumbent Democratic Governor Jerry Brown will be ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Primary election[edit]

A primary election will be held on June 5, 2018. Under California's nonpartisan blanket primary law, all candidates appear on the same ballot, regardless of party. Voters may vote for any candidate, regardless of their party affiliation, the top two finishers — regardless of party — advance to the general election in November, regardless whether a candidate manages to receive a majority of the votes cast in the primary election.

Democratic candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Name Born Current or previous positions Announced Ref
California State Treasurer John Chiang.jpg
John Chiang
July 31, 1962
(age 55)
New York, New York
California State Treasurer since 2015
Member of the State Board of Equalization (1997–2007)
California State Controller (2007–15)
May 17, 2016
John Chiang logo.png
(Website)
[8]
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Delaine Eastin
August 20, 1947
(age 70)
San Diego, California
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction (1995–2003)
Member of the California State Assembly (1986–94)
November 1, 2016
Delaine Eastin logo.png
(Website)
[9]
Gavin Newsom official photo.jpg
Gavin Newsom
October 10, 1967
(age 50)
San Francisco, California
Lieutenant Governor of California since 2011
Mayor of San Francisco (2004–11)
Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (1997–2004)
February 11, 2015
Gavin Newsom logo.png
(Website)
[10]
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Klement Tinaj
February 26, 1990
(age 27)
Selcë, Albania
Actor, martial artist, producer April 1, 2017
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(Website)
[11]
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Antonio Villaraigosa
January 23, 1953
(age 64)
Los Angeles, California
Mayor of Los Angeles (2005–13)
Member of the Los Angeles City Council (2003–05)
Member of the California State Assembly (1994–2000)
November 10, 2016
Antonio Villaraigosa logo.png
(Website)
[12][13][14]

Endorsements[edit]

Potential[edit]

Declined[edit]

Republican candidates[edit]

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was considered a potential candidate, but during his re-election campaign announced that he would not run for governor in 2018.[58][59] However, as of January 2017, it has been reported that Faulconer was reconsidering his decision and has met with former Mayor of Los Angeles Richard Riordan, who was a 2002 candidate for Governor of California to discuss a potential gubernatorial candidacy.[60] On June 30, 2017, Faulconer posted a statement to his Facebook page officially ruling out a gubernatorial bid.[61]

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin had also been considered a potential candidate, but she announced that after leaving office as mayor she would become the president/CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation.[62] Swearengin said after taking this position that now "political ambitions are off the table" and she's "thinking about things in an eight-to-10-year horizon."[62] Swearengin subsequently explicitly ruled out a run, telling reporters she is "firmly not planning to run."[63] Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel had been considered a possible candidate but announced on February 6, 2017 that he would not be a candidate for governor in 2018.

Declared[edit]

  • Stasyi Barth, activist, entrepreneur, business owner[64]
Name Born Current or previous positions Announced Ref
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Travis Allen
September 14, 1973
(age 44)
San Diego, California
Member of the California State Assembly since 2012 June 22, 2017
Travis Allen logo.png
(Website)
[65]
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John H. Cox
July 15, 1955
(age 62)
Chicago, Illinois
Businessman, lawyer
Candidate for U.S. Congress in Illinois (2000)
Candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois (2002)
March 7, 2017
John Cox logo.png
(Website)
[66][67]
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Brian Allen
May 9, 1985
(age 32)
Inglewood, California
Former DMV employee

August 25, 2017
(Website)

Endorsements[edit]

Potential[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Declined[edit]

Libertarian candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Name Born Current or previous positions Announced Ref
Zoltan Istvan public profile photo.jpg

Zoltan Istvan

1973
(age 44)
Los Angeles, California
Transhumanist nominee for President of the United States in 2016 February 12, 2017
Zoltan Istvan for Governor.png
(Website)
[87][88]

Nonpartisan candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Name Born Current or previous positions Announced Ref
Hilaire Fuji Shioura 1971

(age 46)

San Diego, California

Independent self-funded candidate for

50th California's Congressional District in 2016 Primary

Founder of non-governmental organization California School Inc.

Youth pastor, immigration rights activist and former Chicago inner-city educator.

January 1st, 2017

(Website)

[89]

Potential[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Travis Allen (R) John Chiang (D) John Cox (R) Kevin de León (D)* Delaine Eastin (D) Kevin Faulconer (R)* Eric Garcetti (D)* David Hadley (R) Zoltan Istvan (L) Gavin Newsom (D) Alex Padilla (D)* Tom Steyer (D)* Ashley Swearengin (R)* Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Steve Westly (D)* Undecided
UC Berkeley Aug. 27–Sept. 5, 2017 1,000 ± 4.0% 9% 7% 11% 4% 26% 10% 33%
UC Berkeley May 4–29, 2017 1,628 ± 3.3% 5% 9% 3% 7% 22% 17% 37%
UC Berkeley/YouGov March 13–20, 2017 1,000 ± 3.6% 6% 11% 3% 2% 11% 9% 24% 4% 7% 2% 21%
Public Policy Polling January 17–18, 2017 882 ± 3.3% 2% 20% 13% 25% 3% 4% 12% 9% 13%
Field Research Corporation October 25–31, 2016 600 2% 16% 7% 23% 4% 5% 11% 6% 1% 25%
Public Policy Polling February 6–8, 2015 824 10% 30% 11% 22% 4% 13% 22%
  • *Denotes candidates who have not entered the race as of June 2017 and may ultimately choose not to.

General election[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John
Chiang (D)
Gavin
Newsom (D)
Undecided
Public Policy Polling February 6–8, 2015 824 30% 37% 33%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Eric
Garcetti (D)
Antonio
Villaraigosa (D)
Undecided
Public Policy Polling February 6–8, 2015 824 28% 30% 42%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Gavin
Newsom (D)
Antonio
Villaraigosa (D)
Undecided
Public Policy Polling February 6–8, 2015 824 42% 22% 36%

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b This individual is not registered to the political party of this section, but has been the subject of speculation and/or expressed interest in running under this party.

See also[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites