Second Republican Enters California Gubernatorial Contest

Cox, an attorney and certified public accountant who moved to San Diego County from Chicago about nine years ago, said last month that he planned to jump-start his campaign with $1 million of his own money.

Cox also is pushing a proposed ballot initiative to overhaul Sacramento by establishing a “neighborhood legislature,” which would add thousands of new “citizen legislators” to the 80 Assembly members and 40 senators who currently make up the California Legislature.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Perennial Presidential candidate Cox is the second Republican to declare (former Los Angeles Rams player Rosie Grier had announced earlier this year) in this heavily Democratic state. Republicans have not won a statewide election in California since 2006, and the Democratic slate includes Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villariagosa, and Treasurer John Chiang. With the top-two primary system in place since 2012, the California GOP runs the risk of being locked out for the second time in two years from a major statewide race: in 2016, no Republican placed high enough to avoid an all-Democratic Senatorial contest. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, and businessman Peter Thiel have all passed.