California voters will elect a new governor in 2018.
Here is who we are keeping tabs on in the race to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown:
Gavin Newsom - The Lt. Governor and former San Francisco Mayor supports universal healthcare and high-speed rail. A September University of California, Berkeley poll has Newsom as the frontrunner, with the support of 26 percent of likely voters.
Antonio Villaraigosa - The former Los Angeles Mayor (2005-13) already has the endorsement of the state's Latino Caucus, which state Senate Leader Kevin de León sits on. Villaraigosa finished second in the UC Berkeley poll. He has a history with the labor movement and supports high-speed rail, which he says will create jobs.
John Cox - The San Diego businessman supports micro-districts through a 2018 ballot item he has called a "neighborhood legislature," which would divide districts into smaller ones that represent at least 5,000 people. Voters would then elect a representative for each of these districts.
Travis Allen - The Huntington Beach Assemblyman, who's also behind the gas tax repeal in 2018, has supported defunding sanctuary cities. He notes in an October San Francisco Chronicle op-ed that Democratic policies have made California poorer.
John Chiang - The State Treasurer is a stickler for a balanced budget. So much so, that in 2011, as State Controller, he withheld the pay of state lawmakers when they did not pass a balanced budget. Chiang touts that he's saved the state billions of dollars. He wants to address teacher shortages and reduce class sizes.
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