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CASOS:  California Gubernatorial Recall Election


Forty-six candidates are vying to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in the Sept. 14 recall election.  If Newsom wins more than 50% of the vote, he will remain as governor; if he falls below 50% the top vote-getter will replace him as the next governor.

Prologue
In 2019 Gov.
Gavin Newsom (D) was subject to several efforts to bring about a recall election, but proponents fell far short of obtaining the required number of petition signatures (>).  On June 10, 2020 Orrin Heatlie, a retired sheriff from Folsom, launched another effort.  The petition charged:

"Governor Newsom has implemented laws which are detrimental to the citizens of this state and our way of life. Laws he endorsed favor foreign nationals, in our country illegally, over that of our own citizens. People in this state suffer the highest taxes in the nation, the highest homelessness rates, and the lowest quality of life as a result. He has imposed sanctuary state status and fails to enforce immigration laws. He unilaterally over-ruled the will of the people regarding the death penalty. He seeks to impose additional burdens on our state by the following; removing the protections of Proposition 13, rationing our water use, increasing taxes and restricting parental rights. Having no other recourse, we the people have come together to take this action, remedy these misdeeds and prevent further injustices."

Newsom responded:

"This unwarranted recall effort will cost California taxpayers 81 million dollars.  It is being pushed by political extremists supporting President Trump's hateful attacks on California (+)." 

Recall proponents needed to collect 1,495,709 signatures—
12% of the last vote for the office—by Nov. 17, 2020 (in 160 days) to force a recall election.  The effort appeared headed for failure, but on Nov. 6 a judge in Sacramento extended the deadline to Mar. 17, 2021 due to the pandemic.  Meanwhile, as first reported by FOX 11 Los Angeles, Newsom made an unforced error and gave a boost to his critics, when on Nov. 6 he appeared at a dinner at the exclusive French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley despite COVID-19 restrictions.

On Apr. 26, 2021 Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber announced the recall threshold had been met, and final signature verification followed on Apr. 29.  However, the law provided that voters could withdraw their signatures within 30 business days.  On June 23, the Secretary of State reported that even accounting for withdrawn signatures, the petition met the threshold.  On July 1, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis set the date of the election as Sept. 14.  The filing deadline was July 16.

Replacement candidates faced a relatively low threshold to get on the ballot: a) file declaration of candidacy and nomination papers with 65 to 100 valid nomination signatures from their home county; b) pay filing fee of $4,194.94 or submit a minimum of 7,000 valid signatures; and c) submit to the Secretary of State every income tax return filed over the last five years.

According to the Secretary of State there have been 55 attempted recalls of California governors over the years.  Only one, that of Gray Davis in 2003, succeeded.  That election proved to be a zoo when 135 candidates qualified (>).  On Oct. 7 a majority of voters voted to recall Davis, and the replacement candidate with the most votes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was thereby elected.  Only four candidates including Schwarzenegger obtained more than 1-percent of the vote.

In 2021 Democrats appear to be in a stronger position than they were in the Gray Davis recall in 2003.  Newsom won election in 2018 with 61.95% of the vote compared to Davis' tally of 47.3% in 2002.  In 2020 Biden tallied 63.48% of the vote in the Golden State. 

The Campaign
Twenty-four Republicans, nine Democrats, ten no party preference, two Greens and a Libertarian are running as recall candidates. 
On July 17 the Secretary of State issued a notice to candidates [PDF]
listing 41 candidates. 
On July 21 Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl ruled the requirement to produce tax records did not apply to the recall.  When the certified list [contact list] was released on July 21, five candidates had been added for a total of 46. 

The defining characteristic of the campaign is its brevity; voters will start receiving ballots in mid-August.  Some of the candidates were already running for 2022, and have been out on the trail for months, but others face an extremely abbreviated period in which to reach voters.
 
The candidates run the gamut in terms of background, experience and ideology.  Some are actively raising money, have staff and consultants, and maintain busy schedules  full of events and media appearances.  Conventional wisdom at the start of the camapign in July put five Republicans with some name recognition in the top tier: former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, 2018 Republican nominee John Cox, former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose, celebrity Caitlyn Jenner and talk radio host Larry Elder. 
The daunting challenge for other candidates is to break into that top tier.  Rounding out the field are candidates running not so much to become governor as to advance an issue or cause or for career exposure, who are largely unknown, and will spend little beyond the filing fee and 25 cents per word for the candidate statement [background and qualifications] in the voter pamphlet. 

Candidates are participating in virtual and in-person forums, and much of the activity is on the conservative and Republican side.  For example, UNITE 911, a local group in the Coachella Valley, held a forum in Cathedral City on July 22 that drew five candidates.  Yes California, a PAC that supports independence for the state of California, has been organizing forums.  The Richard Nixon Foundation is hosting a debate at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda on Aug. 4 (+).  Local Republican groups are hosting candidates.  As California is such a big state, candidates, particularly those with limited resources tend to focus their in-person activities in their own regions, with occasional forays further afield.
  Meanwhile, Newsom and his supporters are making the case to "stop the Republican recall."
 
Among the major issues are homelessness, taxes, crime and Newsom's response to COVID-19.  With the appearance of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and the increase in cases, the pandemic is still very much on people's minds. 


revised July 28, 2021
 
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Newsom for California - Governor 2022
gavinnewsom.com
@GavinNewsom
Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom
StopThe RepublicanRecall.com
@stopreprecall



Recall Candidates A to Z
Republicans
David Alexander Bramante
Realtor/Multi-Family Developer
John Cox
Businessman/Accountant Father
(Rancho Santa Fe)

johncox.com
@BeastJohnCox
Larry Elder
Broadcaster/Author
(La Mesa)

www.electelder.com
@larryelder
Kevin L. Faulconer
Businessman/Educator
(San Diego)

www.kevinfaulconer.com
@Kevin_Faulconer




Rhonda Furin
Nonprofit President
(Anaheim)

rhondafurin.com
@rhodafurin
Ted Gaines
Board of Equalization Member
(El Dorado Hills)

www.tedgaines.com
@tedgaines
Sam L. Gallucci
Pastor/CEO/Consultant
(Oxnard)

www.samgallucci.com
David Hillberg
Aircraft Mechanic / Actor
(Fountain Valley)

n/a




Caitlyn Jenner
Businessperson/Entrepreneur
(Roseville)

www.caitlynjenner.com
@Caitlyn_Jenner
Kevin Kiley
California Legislator
(Roseville)

www.kileyforcalifornia.com
@KevinKileyCA
Chauncey "Slim" Killens
Retired Correctional Official
(Hemet)

witnessinthepublicsquare.com

Jenny Rae Le Roux
Business Owner/Mother
(Redding)

www.jennyraeca.com
@JennyRaeCA




Steve Chavez Lodge
Retired Homicide Detective
(Irvine)

www.lodgeforgovernor.com

@stevelodge_oc
David Lozano
Executive Officer/Attorney
(San Gabriel)

lozanoforcalifornia.com
Diego Martinez
Businessman
(San Andreas)

Daniel Mercuri
Farmer/Business Owner
(Sherman Oaks)

www.danielforcagovernor.com
@Dan_Mercuri




Robert C. Newman II
Famer/Psychologist
(Redlands)

www.newman4governor.com
Doug Ose
Farmer/Small Businessman
(Sacramento)

Sarah Stephens
Pastor
(Riverside)

www.makecaliforniagoldagain.com
Denver Stoner
Deputy Sheriff
(Murphys)

n/a




Joe M. Symmon
Community Volunteer
(Orange)

joesymmon4gov.com

Anthony Trimino
Entrepreneur/CEO
(Irvine)

www.anthonytrimino.com
@atrimino
Nickolas Wildstar
Musician/Entrepreneur/Father
(Fresno)

www.wildstar2022.com
@therealqball
Leo S. Zacky
Businessman/Famer
(Los Angeles)

www.leozacky.com


Democrats

Holly L. Baade
Mother/Business Owner
(Fairfax)

www.holly2021.com
John R. Drake
College Student
(Ventura)

johnrdrake.com
Patrick Kilpatrick
Actor/Screenwriter/Producer
(Los Angeles)

www.kilpatrickforgovernor.com
Jacqueline McGowan
Cannabis Policy Advisor
(Napa)

www.jackie4gov.org




Kevin Paffrath
Financial Educator/Analyst
(Ventura)

www.meetkevin.com
Armando "Mando" Perez-Serrato
No Ballot Designation

mandocaliforniagovernor.
godaddysites.com
Brandon M. Ross
Physician/Attorney
(La. Mesa)

www.ross4gov.com
Joel Ventresca
Retired Airport Analyst
(San Francisco)

www.joelventresca.com




Daniel Watts
Free Speech Lawyer
(Vista)

www.wattsforgovernor.com





Greens
Libertarian


Heather Collins
Business Owner/Hairstylist
(Los Angeles)
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n/a
Dan Kapelovitz
Criminal Defense Attorney
(West Hollywood)

www.kapelovitz.com
Jeff Hewitt
Riverside County Supervisor
(Calimesa)

www.hewitt4ca.com









No Party Preference

Angelyne
Entertainer
Recall Notice to Candidates
James Hanink
Retired Educator
(Inglewood)

jameshanink.com
Kevin K. Kaul
Real Estate Developer
(Long Beach)

www.kevinkaulgovernor.com
Michael Loebs
University Lecturer
(Sacramento)

www.loebsforca.com






Dennis Lucey
Teacher
(Santa Rosa)

linkedin page
Jeremiah "Jeremy" Marciniak
No Ballot Designation
(Lincoln)

n/a
David Moore
Public School Teacher
(Emeryville)

n/a
Adam Papagan
Entertainer
(Los Angeles)

www.adamforgov.com






Dennis Richter
Retail Store Worker
(Los Angeles)

n/a
Major Singh
Software Engineer
(Fremont)

www.majorsinghforgovernor.com




See also: CASOS Candidate Statements

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