Travis Allen

AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE - 44; Sept. 14, 1973; San Diego

PARTY - Republican

EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree from California State University-Long Beach, 1996.

EXPERIENCE - Elected to California state Assembly, 2012. Financial planner.

FAMILY - Married to Arielle, two daughters.

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John Chiang

AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE - 55; July 31, 1962; New York City

PARTY - Democratic

EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree from University of South Florida, 1984; law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, 1987

EXPERIENCE - Elected treasurer in 2014. Controller in 2006, re-elected in 2010. Appointed Board of Equalization in 1996, elected 1998, re-elected in 2002

FAMILY - Separated

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John Cox

AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE - 62; July 15, 1955; Chicago

PARTY - Republican

EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1976. Law degree from Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law.

EXPERIENCE - Accountant, lawyer, wealth manager and apartment owner. Never held elected office.

FAMILY - Married to Sarah Cox, four daughters

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Delaine Eastin

AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE - 70; Aug. 20, 1947; San Diego

PARTY - Democratic

EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree from University of California, Davis, 1969. Master's degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.

EXPERIENCE - Elected superintendent of public instruction in 1994, re-elected in 1998. Elected to state Assembly in 1986, re-elected in 1988, 1990 and 1992.

FAMILY - Divorced

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Gavin Newsom

AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE - 50; Oct. 10, 1967; San Francisco

PARTY - Democratic

EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University

EXPERIENCE - Elected lieutenant governor in 2010, re-elected in 2014. Elected mayor of San Francisco in 2003, re-elected in 2007. Elected to San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1997.

FAMILY - Married to Jennifer Seibel Newsom, filmmaker and founder/CEO of The Representation Project; 4 kids

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Antonio Villaraigosa

AGE, BIRTH DATE, BIRTHPLACE - 65; Jan. 23, 1953; East Los Angeles

PARTY - Democratic

EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree from University of California, Los Angeles in 1977. Law degree from People's College of Law in 1985.

EXPERIENCE - Elected mayor of Los Angeles in 2005, re-elected in 2009. Elected to los Angeles City Council in 2003. Elected to state Assembly in 1994, re-elected in 1996 and 1998. Speaker of state Assembly 1998 to 2000.

FAMILY - Married to Patricia Govea, four children and two stepchildren.