Governor Candidate Statements

  • As the state's chief executive officer, oversees most state departments and agencies, and appoints judges.
  • Proposes new laws, approves or vetoes legislation, and submits the annual state budget to the Legislature.
  • Mobilizes and directs state resources during emergencies.

John H. Cox


I wasn't supposed to make it into this run-off for Governor. I'm not part of the political class, wasn't born rich, no family with political connections. My name is John Cox, and I think what the political class has done to working people in California is a crime. They've rigged the game, trading favors and enriching themselves, while millions of forgotten Californians have been left behind. We have sky-high gas prices and vehicle fees, with the highest poverty rate in the country. Where millions commute to cities they love, but can't afford to live in. So, they commute on roads that are a mess. They send their children to failing schools. Sacramento politicians ration water in our homes, while emptying our abundant water supply into the ocean. Our friends and family are moving out of California—not because they want to, but because they have to. Where for too many Californians, it's a choice between buying gas to get to work, or groceries to feed the family. That's a choice none of us should have to make. The good news—we don't have to put up with this, because help is on the way. We can stop the water rationing, repeal the gas tax, fix our schools, and make housing affordable again, but only if we're willing to hold our failed political leaders accountable. I'm John Cox and I want to be your governor.

Twitter: @TheRealJohnHCox

Gavin Newsom | DEMOCRATIC

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