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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gavin Newsom Creates Committee to Run for Governor in 2018

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 10:28 AM

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In a not-so-surprising move,  Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today that he's already making big plans for a 2018 bid for California governor. 

On his Facebook page, the social media-savvy pol laid out his plans, saying he's forming an exploratory committee, the first step for would-be candidates.

"I’ve never been a fan of pretense or procrastination," Newsom wrote on Facebook. "So today I’m announcing that I’m creating a committee to run for California Governor in 2018. Because I truly and passionately believe in the future of this great state."

And because he's never short on words, Newsom continued his long-windedness on Facebook:
Today, Californians are blessed with the remarkable leadership of Governor Jerry Brown, who in the face of long odds has led our state to firm fiscal footing and brought us to the enviable position of dreaming – and achieving – big dreams again.
Even so, long-term challenges remain daunting – we must continue to grow our economy and create private-sector jobs, we must invest in public education and keep college affordable, we must address the widening inequalities that separate our communities and we must maintain California’s historic leadership in meeting the climate challenge.
Over the next four years, my advocacy and efforts on these issues as your Lieutenant Governor will continue unabated. And I will actively support Governor Brown and our Legislature in every way I can.
But the reality of running for Governor – even four years from now – in America’s largest, most diverse state demands that I start raising resources now if we’re going to lead a conversation worthy of the 38 million people who live, work, attend school and raise families in the Golden State.
Creating this committee gives people a way to support our efforts – and I hope you can help spread the word.
I make this promise – this won’t be an ordinary campaign – but, then again, California has always been an extraordinary place.
As ever, thank you for your friendship,
Gavin Newsom
This isn't Newsom's first attempt at being the "Gavinator."  Back in 2009, he launched a campaign for California governor against the very seasoned Jerry Brown. Seeing that he was trailing Brown by 20 percentage points, Newsom dropped out of the race in October 2009, and instead opted to run for Lt. Governor, which is solidly won. 

There was some speculation that he might run for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's seat after she announced plans to retire in 2016. Instead, California Attorney General Kamala Harris declared her plans to run for senate, which made Newsom the obvious candidate for governor in 2018.

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