Caitlyn Jenner, US transgender rights activist, says she plans to run for California governorship.
In a statement on Friday, the ex-Olympic athlete and reality TV star said she has now filed the paperwork.
A recall election could follow this month, as a petition against Gavin Newsom, the current governor, has reached the number required to trigger a vote. Voters will decide if they want Newsom’s stay or another candidate.
It was gathered that Jenner, a Republican, has created a team including ex-President Donald Trump’s advisers in her bid to replace Newsom (Democrat) in what could be the fourth governor recall in the US’ history if successful.
“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,” the statement read.
“But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by a one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) April 23, 2021
“I have been a compassionate disrupter throughout my life, from representing the United States and winning a gold medal at the Olympics to helping advance the movement for equality.
“As Californians, we face a now-or-never opportunity to fundamentally fix our state before it’s too late. I am a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as governor.”
The reality star had a six-year decathlon career, culminating in winning the men’s decathlon event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
She gained reality television fame after appearing in ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’, a series that began in 2007.
Jenner established a career in TV, film, writing, auto racing, business, and modelling. Assigned male at birth, she publicly came out as a transgender woman in April 2015 and underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2017.
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