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Abel Maldonado running for governor of California 

Abel Maldonado

Abel Maldonado positions to run against Jerry Brown

Abel Maldonado

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Abel Maldonado, a long time state representative for Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria announced his candidacy for governor of California recently on his Twitter account: “I’ve been a farmer & business owner. But most importantly; loving husband and proud father. Now, I am running for Governor because California deserves better.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, long rumored to be considering a challenge to Gov. Jerry Brown, filed paperwork Thursday that allows him to begin raising money for a gubernatorial campaign.

Maldonado, 45, is a Republican who previously was elected to the state Senate and Assembly and was mayor of Santa Maria, where he lives. As a state senator, he was among a handful of GOP legislators to cross party lines to vote for a tax increase in 2009.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger subsequently appointed him lieutenant governor. Maldonado later sought election to that office but lost to Gavin Newsom.

Last year, Maldonado, the son of Mexican American farmworkers, lost a congressional contest to Rep. Lois Capps in Santa Barbara County.

Read the full story at the LA Times


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