Republican former assemblyman joins California governor race
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Assemblyman David Hadley is the third Republican to jump into California’s 2018 gubernatorial contest.
The candidates hoping to replace Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown are:
—Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat. Newsom announced his bid to succeed Brown early, in 2015. He was elected lieutenant governor in 2010 after serving as San Francisco’s mayor.
—Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat. Villaraigosa is a former mayor of Los Angeles, the first Latino to hold the post in more than a century.
—State Treasurer John Chiang, a Democrat. Chiang serves as the state treasurer and would be California’s first Asian-American governor.
—Delaine Eastin, a Democrat. Eastin is the former state superintendent of public instruction, leading California’s public school system from 1995 to 2003.
—John Cox, a Republican. Cox is a San Diego-based businessman with experience in real estate management and investment firms. He’s already dumped $3 million of his own money into the race. He previously made an unsuccessful run for Congress in Illinois.
—Travis Allen, a Republican. Allen is a three-term assemblyman from Huntington Beach. He’s heading a ballot initiative to repeal a gas tax increase passed by mostly Democratic lawmakers earlier this year.
—David Hadley, a Republican. Hadley served in the Assembly two years but lost his re-election bid in 2016. The Manhattan Beach businessman describes himself as a “pro-growth fiscal conservative.”