New faces join the fight as California recalls gradually take shape

Los Angeles (AP) — Six weeks after California officials announced that Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom would almost certainly face a recall election, elections continue to be confused by uncertainty and doubts. The location remains unknown.

The list of Republican challengers who have indicated their intention to participate in the race is approaching the top 20, although no consensus leader has been identified. State legislature Kevin Kylie considers intervention this week. Became the latest person to announce that he is.

Meanwhile, Newsome regained his foothold after losing popularity earlier this year in the worst of the pandemic and criticism of his COVID restrictions on the public and businesses. The first term governor has benefited from a sharp decline in cases during the spring and a record-breaking surplus that can donate billions of dollars to favorable projects and issues.

Still, just last week he faced Another criticism He said he would maintain the state of emergency even after the state fully resumed its economy next Tuesday. “There is uncertainty in the future,” he warned.

This declaration allows California to reimburse many of its pandemic-related costs from the federal government. But it also empowers Newsum to suspend state law and impose new rules. Since declaring this emergency, Newsom has issued at least 58 executive orders that change or suspend hundreds of laws due to the virus.

Recent polls suggest that Newsome will beat the recall. Republicans haven’t won state-wide elections in Democratic California since 2006, but the same survey reveals signs of volatile masses. direction.

Many voters, on the other hand, say they aren’t paying much attention to the races they’re running, leaving unsolved questions about which one to turn to. Slow efforts to reopen public schools. , Droughts with depleting reservoirs and streams, and the oncoming wildfire season all pose a risk to incumbents elected for the 2018 landslide.

Kylie’s potential to race includes John Cox, a businessman who lost Newsom in 2018, Kevin Fallconner, a former mayor of San Diego, a reality show personality, and Caitlyn, a teenage champion of the 1976 Olympics. • Many Republicans, including Jenner, have shown that they have been overwhelmed by the field so far. ..

Representing the eastern suburbs of Sacramento, 36-year-old Kylie was one of the main critics in Newsom’s capital during the pandemic. Little known to a wide range of voters, he was the most enthusiastic about recalls. It is a kind of hero among the organizers and volunteers.

He appealed to stop Newsom’s use of widespread emergency authority during the pandemic. The State High Court ruled in favor of Kylie, but the Court of Appeals overturned that decision in May. Kylie and Republican James Gallagher will appeal to the State Supreme Court.

Earlier this year, he published the book “Recall Newsam: A Case Against America’s Most Corrupt Governor” and spoke at dozens of recall rallies and events in the process of collecting signatures.

Olin Heatley, the chief organizer of the recall, said he had informally advised Kylie, who is considering running, and has heard a lot of complaints about the current field, but did not provide details. ..

Heatley said his assistance to Kylie was outside his role on the recall committee, which is forbidden to coordinate with candidates. Heatley said from a recall volunteer. He said he contacted Kylie after receiving numerous phone calls asking if lawmakers were planning to run.

“He gained a lot of reputation and attention in his proceedings against the governor,” said a former sheriff police officer who filed a recall petition and volunteered to collect signatures. Said Heatley, who led.

Kylie said it was undecided when to run, refused to criticize Republican candidates, and shared the goal of winning a majority of Californians to support Newsom’s recall. Stated.

He often points out that California is unable to cope with the homeless crisis, poverty, high taxes, and that public school classrooms remain closed during most of the pandemic under Newsom. He said he believes there is an opportunity to appeal to voters in California.

Part of the volatile situation surrounding the expected elections is the result of the state’s time-consuming rules for placing recalls on ballots.

State officials announced in late April that the recall organizers had collected more than 1.6 million petition signatures needed to hold a primary election. This started a long review process.

Even today, it can take another two months for a recall to be approved as a ballot after various state financial reviews are required. Under that scenario, it would push elections at least in October. But that day will come sooner, given that the law has room for fluctuations and may conclude those reviews more quickly. There is a possibility.

The recall was largely due to public disappointment with Newsom’s long-term virus regulation, which closed schools and businesses last year.

In the election, voters are presented with two questions: Should Newsom be recalled? Who should replace him?

If a voter agrees with the recall, the person with the most votes among the listed candidates will be the next governor.

Tuesday was the deadline for voters to withdraw their signature from the recall petition. This is a new addition to the process adopted by the Democratic Party a few years ago after the dismissal of the State Senator. State electoral officials will release official counts later, but signers are unlikely to be pulled back to change anything.

For example, in Orange County, the third most populous county in the state, more than 215,000 people signed petitions. Only one has declined, said voter registrar Neil Kelly.

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