The big one to pay close attention to in California is the race for governor. It appears that Gavin Newsom will likely cruise his way into the November general election, but the real competition is who will finish second: Antonio Villaraigosa, John Cox, or John Chiang.
If John Cox, the only Republican with a chance, comes in second place and faces off against Newsom in the general election, it almost guarantees the far-left progressive Democrat with grandiose dreams of a single-payer healthcare system in CA will win be the next governor. However, if Villaraigosa or Chiang finish second, both Democrats, there is a chance a more moderate Democrat head the state – Villaraigosa who is a strong advocate for choice in education and Chiang who is more hawkish on the budget. I prefer either over Newsom.
I struggled over this vote. My heart said to vote for John Chiang (so did my brain) because his ability to articulate his message was much greater than Villaraigosa. Additionally, I felt he was the best person to leave in control of our state. Villaraigosa, however, was polling better, and I feared voting for Chiang would potentially split the moderate vote and propel John Cox to finish second.
Ultimately, like during the 2016 presidential election, I went with my gut and voted for Chiang. Democrats have a chance to rebrand themselves nationally. After years of overspending, Chiang offers the best hope to highlight the fiscal responsible side of the left. Don’t get me wrong, as a libertarian, John Chiang is far from ideal for me, however, I have to be realistic; John Chiang is as fiscally conservative as you can get to win a statewide election in California.
John Chiang states on his website that, “California should utilize 100 percent renewable and carbon-free energy by 2045.” This is incredibly important. I watch folks driving electric vehicles (EV) on the freeway all day in Los Angeles. I’d bet 15% of the homes in my neighborhood have a Tesla in their driveway (this is not a reliable statistic, only my personal perception). But that only goes as far as the grid itself. If the production of energy is by carbon producing means, it renders the EV irrelevant. Ensuring California is producing renewable energy allows consumers to fully maximize the benefits of EVs.
We’ll see how it turns out tonight.