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Caitlyn Jenner announces plan to run for California governor

Jenner made the announcement on Twitter.

Published: April 23, 2021 10:09am

Updated: April 23, 2021 12:30pm

Reality TV star and former U.S. Olympian Caitlyn Jenner announced Friday that she plans to run for California governor, as Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall election for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jenner made the announcement on Twitter.

"I’m in! California is worth fighting for. Visit to follow or donate today. #RecallNewsom," she said in the tweet that included a press release about her bid.

Jenner, 71, released her own campaign website. Though the site does not include a platform or specific policies she proposes, it does have a statement and a link to a shop with campaign merchandise and a link to donate to her campaign.

"California has been my home for nearly 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality," Jenner said on her site.

"For the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision," Jenner added.

Jenner's official announcement comes as current Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall effort to oust him as the state's governor.

Though Jenner has not yet declared what party she will be running as but has said on Twitter that she is a "fiscal conservative and socially liberal candidate."

She recently received advice on her campaign from ex-Trump campaign manager and Republican Brad Parscale. Parscale only offered advice to her as a friend and is currently not an official part of Jenner's election.

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