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‘Real Housewives’ star Vicki Gunvalson’s fiancé is running for governor of California

Steve Chavez Lodge said he wants to ‘Make California California again’

Voters cast their ballots at a polling place in Newport Beach, Calif.
In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, voters cast their ballots at a polling place in Newport Beach, Calif.
Ashley Landis, Associated Press

“Real Housewives” star Vicki Gunvalson’s fiancé, Steve Lodge, has announced that he is running for governor of California, and hopes to “Make California California again.”

  • “Enough is enough California. Help me ‘Make California California Again.’ I will lead this movement with your help to see California once again as the Golden State she once was,” he said.

Who is Steve Lodge?

Lodge — who plans to run in the future as Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a potential recall election — said he wants to appeal to all voters within the Golden States.

  • “Hollywood can’t afford to be in Hollywood anymore,” he told Fox News.

Lodge told Fox News that California has become too expensive for residents and businesses, which has forced people to leave the state.

  • “I was born and raised in California,” Lodge told Fox News. “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth like some of these folks we know.”

Lodge previously served in the U.S. Army and spent time as a police officer.

Governor’s race in California

Lodge isn’t the only celebrity who’s making a run for the governorship. Caitlyn Jenner is running for governor of California, too. The former Olympic gold medalist who turned into a transgender activist has been a national celebrity in recent years, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • Jenner said she wants to cancel “cancel culture.”
  • “When elected Governor of California, I will CANCEL, cancel culture and wake up the woke,” she tweeted.

Why is Gavin Newsom being recalled?

Newsom may face a recall election in 2021. The petition for a recall began in February 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic, according to KABC. The recall petition does not state anything about Newsom’s handling of the pandemic, either.