Four Candidates to Run for Governor

Four candidates from the leading political parties will run for California governor.

Written by LESLIE WU / Published April 2, 2010

On November 2, 2010, the California gubernatorial election will officially be held to select a new Governor of California, as incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger is prohibited from serving more than

two terms in the same position.

Four main candidates from the leading political parties have announced their intent to run.

The front runner from the Democratic ticket includes Jerry Brown, an attorney general and former Governor of California.

It should be noted that Brown served as Governor from 1975 to 1983, and is not restricted by the two-term restriction as it only applies to terms served after November 6, 1990.

During his previous gubernatorial term, Brown was opposed to the Vietnam War, and garnered support from the young liberals of California. He also appointed more women and minorities to California office in the state’s history.

The second Democratic possibility is Richard Aguirre, a businessman and the founder of Save Sunset Cliffs, an organization dedicated to preserve and prevent erosion of Sunset Cliffs Park in San Diego, California.

Aguirre proposes his “New California Prosperity Plan”, which advocates building solar panels in people-owned facilities, and installing solar panels on residential homes.

He hopes to utilize this solar panel system to harvest the surplus energy to create additional revenue for California in order to create programs including a new healthcare plan to benefit the state.

The frontrunner from the Republican Party is Meg Whitman, the former CEO of popular auction site, eBay.

She has been endorsed by known Republicans including Condoleezza Rice, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

Whitman has pledged not to raise taxes, and her intent was further expressed as she signed the “No New Taxes Pledge” on the day she announced her candidacy. Whitman is a strong advocate of job creation, reducing government spending, and educational reform.

The second GOP possibility is Steve Poizner, the current insurance commissioner for the state of California.

Prior to this post, Poizner was a businessman, working in Silicon Valley and founding two technologically-oriented companies.

He advocates returning educational administration to the local level and making tax cuts to create jobs in stimulation of the economy in his “10-10-10 Plan.”

The primary elections will begin on June 8, 2010 and the elected candidate will serve a four-year term from 2011 to 2015.

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