Meet Some of the Candidates Running for California Governor

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The election for California's next governor is set for Nov. 6. The winner will be taking over for current Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who cannot run for a third term and has already announced his upcoming retirement at age 79.
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Assemblyman Travis Allen is a Republican candidate who represents District 72 in the state Assembly. His district includes Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Westminster, the majority of Garden Grove, parts of Huntington Beach and Santa Ana, and the unincorporated communities of Midway and Rossmoor. His campaign has focused on cutting taxes, and getting tough on crime.
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Democratic candidate John Chiang is the current state treasurer. He has previously held positions as state controller (2007-2015) and as a member of the state Board of Equalization (1997-2007). His campaign has focused on education, affordable housing and policies to prevent sexual harassment and abuse.
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Republican candidate John Cox does not have a career in politics, which he himself has acknowledged. He is an accountant, businessman and onetime host of the radio show "Progressive Conservative" in Chicago. In 2008, Cox ran for U.S. president but withdrew from the election that same year. His campaign focuses on eliminating so-called sanctuary cities, defending the Second Amendment and Proposition 13 - which was passed in 1978 and limits the state's ability to raise property taxes even if a market's property value goes up - and repealing the new gasoline tax.
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Delaine Eastin is a Democratic candidate who was the first woman elected California Superintendent of Public Education (1995-2003). She has represented Alameda and Santa Clara counties in the state Assembly (1986-1994). Her campaign is focused on education, affordable healthcare, infrastructure improvement, affordable housing, and protections for people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people and others.
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Antonio Villaraigosa is a Democratic candidate who became Los Angeles' first Latino mayor in more than 150 years (2005 - 2013). He represented District 14 in the Los Angeles City Council, was a member of the state Assembly (1996-1998) and was president of the Assembly, as well (1998-2000). His campaign focuses on economic growth, parity in education, construction of more affordable housing, protection of immigrants and 'Dreamers,' and affordable healthcare.
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Gavin Newsom is a Democratic candidate currently serving his second term as California Lieutenant Governor. He was elected mayor of San Francisco in 2003 and reelected in 2007. His campaign is focused on universal healthcare, economic growth, education, the environment and the fight against homelessness.
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