Dozens have filed to run for governor in a bid to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election later this year.
Some of the candidates are well-known and on the campaign trail such as former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, 2018 candidate John Cox, and former Congressman Doug Ose.
Some are celebrities taking a chance like former Olympic hero and reality TV actor Caitlyn Jenner and one-time adult entertainment actress Mary Carey (officially listed as Mary Cook).
One Fresno Resident Enters Recall
Nickolas Wildstar, who ran for governor in 2018 and 2014, and finished as an also-ran in the 2020 Fresno mayoral race, has filed to run.
Two currently hold elected office, Jeff Hewitt, a Libertarian supervisor from Riverside County; and Hilaire Fuji Shioura, a library board member from Placentia.
In total, 38 people have filed candidate intention statements.
Voters will be asked two questions. Should Gov. Gavin Newsom be recalled, yes or no? And, if recalled, who should replace him?
A majority of yes votes is needed for Newsom to be recalled; if the recall is successful, the candidate with the most votes would be the new governor.
A Look at the Candidates
GV Wire compiled the following list based on public documents and information from candidates, as of May 28.
The following list is for the 2021 recall. Several others have filed intention statements for the regularly scheduled 2022 governor’s race.
|Top name candidates|
|John Cox (R)||San Diego||Businessman; lost to Newsom in 2018 general election|
|Kevin Faulconer (R)||San Diego||Former mayor of San Diego|
|Doug Ose (R)||Walnut Grove||Former U.S. congressman from Sacramento area|
|Caitlyn Jenner (R)||Malibu||Former Olympic great as Bruce Jenner; reality TV actor|
|Mary E. Cook (aka Mary Carey) (NPP)||North Hollywood||Former adult entertainer; ran in 2003 recall election|
|Karen Blake (R)||Woodbridge||Geologist; Ran for state superintendent in 2010|
|Carla Canada (NPP)||San Bernardino||Paralegal; homeless youth advocate|
|John R. Drake (D)||Ventura||Recent Ventura College graduate, ice skating coach|
|Anthony Fanara (D)||Los Angeles||Owns Palermo Ristorante Italiano in Los Angeles|
|Veronika Fimbres (Green)||San Francisco||Transgender advocate|
|Wayne H. Frazier (R)||Escondido||Accountant|
|Rhonda Dee Furin (R)||Anaheim||Ran for Congress (CA-45) in 2020; educator|
|Adam M. Hadjinian (NPP)||San Francisco||Management consultant|
|James G. Hanink (NPP)||Inglewood||Former professor|
|Sean Harrison (R)||Modesto||Patient advocate|
|Jeff Hewitt (Libertarian)||Calimesa||Riverside County supervisor|
|Luis Huang (D)||Irvine||Ran for Irvine mayor in 2020, lost|
|Daniel I. Kapelovitz (Green)||Los Angeles||Attorney|
|Chauncey S. Killens (R)||Hemet||Pastor|
|Paul Mesrop Kurdian (NPP)||Palm Springs||Real estate|
|Jenny Rae Le Roux (R)||Redding||Businesswoman|
|Diego Martinez (R)||Sonora||Owns a bail bond company; bounty hunter|
|Christopher Thomas Mason (R)||Murrieta||n/a|
|Daniel Mercuri (R)||Simi Valley||Owns multi-media production company; Navy veteran|
|Jemiss Nazar (NPP)||Porter Ranch||Chiropractor|
|Robert C. Newman II (R)||Redlands||Ran for governor in 2003 recall, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018; lost each time|
|Kevin Paffrath (D)||Ventura||Real estate broker; YouTube host|
|Ronald J. Palmieri (D)||Palm Springs||n/a|
|Adam Papagan (NPP)||Los Angeles||Owns tour guide company in LA|
|Armando Perez-Serrato (D)||Orange||Businessman|
|Patrick M. Rakus Jr. (R)||Elk Grove||Owns classic car restoration shop|
|Hilarie Fuji Shioura (NPP)||Placentia||Member of Placentia library board|
|Sarah L. Stephens (R)||Menifee||Non-profit founder|
|Joe M. Symmon (R)||Orange||Real estate|
|Anthony D. Trimino (R)||Irvine||Businessman|
|Joel A. Ventresca (D)||San Francisco||Retired airport administrator; has run in several San Francisco elections|
|Frank Henry Wade (D)||San Francisco||Taxi driver; former professor|
|Nickolas Wildstar (R)||Fresno||Ran for Fresno mayor in 2020|
Yes California, an organization dedicated to breaking of the state as an independent nation, will hold a forum on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Announcement: THIS SUNDAY from 2-4PM Pacific the California Independence Movement will be hosting a LIVE debate between a number of declared challengers participating in the recall election this year against Gavin Newsom.
Watch live on StreamYard. Link to follow. pic.twitter.com/LEAFE4to6W
— California Independence Movement (@YesCalifornia) May 25, 2021