Conservative radio show host and attorney, Larry Elder, announced on Monday that he was throwing his hat into the ring to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom in the upcoming recall election.
Elder, also known as “The Sage from South Central,” made the big announcement on Monday, while hosting his radio talk show “The Larry Elder Program.”
“I’m running for Governor because the decline of California isn’t the fault of its people,” Elder said in a statement.
Not only is he entering the race with just a little over two months left until the special election, but Elder will also be competing against other known conservatives for the governorship. Also running as Republicans include failed gubernatorial candidate and attorney John Cox, former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, and Olympic gold medalist and TV star Caitlyn Jenner.
“I’m entering this campaign to recall this smug, corrupt governor, Gavin Newsom,” said Elder in a video. The rise in crime, increase in homelessness, high cost of living, and declining quality of schools, are a few of the reasons he gave as to why he is entering this race.
The recall election, which is scheduled to take place on September 14, will give California voters the chance to determine whether or not they want to recall Newsom, and if so, who his replacement should be. In order for the current governor to be removed, 50% of the voters must vote in favor of him being recalled. If the recall is successful, the gubernatorial successor will be determined by who got the most votes.
“Our streets aren’t safe from rising violent crime or the disaster of rising homelessness,” said Elder. “And the scandals of Sacramento aren’t going to stop on their own. It’s time to tell the truth. We’ve got a state to save.”