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Renteria Wants to Go from Valley to Governor's Mansion
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 6 years ago on
April 26, 2018

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Amanda Renteria knew that entering the race to be California’s next governor would be challenging, but that’s never stopped her before.

Renteria grew up in Woodlake (Tulare County) and still takes pride in being the first female and Hispanic from her school to attend Stanford University.

A career in public service saw her work as a teacher, a top aide on Capitol Hill, and most recently as a top executive for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

Hopes to Break Through

Now residing in Menlo Park with her family, Renteria hopes to break through and show that ideas matter most in her quest to become governor, not raising money.

In this installment of GV Wire’s Take 5 feature, Renteria talks about:

-Her approach to California’s housing/homelessness crisis

-Why she supports “sanctuary state” policies

-Her views on addressing the state’s water needs

-Her call for fellow gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom’s to withdraw from the race because of his 2007 sexual affair with a subordinate

-Her thoughts on the Calexit movement

Polls Show Uphill Climb

The latest Survey USA poll shows Renteria favored by only 3% of California voters, though that is more than another mainstream candidate, Delaine Eastin (1%).

A more recent IGS poll from the University of California, however, puts Eastin’s support at 4% with Renteria lumped in with the “others,” meaning she garnered support from less than 1% of respondents.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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