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California recall vote set for September

Gov. Gavin Newsom could be recalled soon

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Gavin Newsom speaks at Rat Creek near Big Sur, Calif.

Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference about the newly reopened Highway 1 at Rat Creek near Big Sur, Calif. on April 23, 2021.

Nic Coury, Associated Press

California voters could decide to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom later this year in a recall election.

When is the California recall vote?

Voters will have a chance to recall Newsom on Sept. 14, 2021, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis said Thursday, per CNN.

  • Newsom is only the second governor in California’s history to face a recall vote. The last one was Gov. Gray Davis, who was recalled in 2003, CNN reports. He was later replaced by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

Why is Newsom facing a recall?

The petition to recall Newsom began in February 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic, according to KABC. Interestingly, the recall petition does not say anything about Newsom’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which many believed to be the reason behind the recall.

  • According to KABC, Newsom is being recalled by the petition due to: “Laws he endorsed favor foreign nationals, in our country illegally, over that of our own citizens. People in this state suffer the highest taxes in the nation, the highest homelessness rates, and the lowest quality of life as a result. He has imposed sanctuary state status and fails to enforce immigration laws. He unilaterally over-ruled the will of the people regarding the death penalty. He seeks to impose additional burdens on our state by the following; removing the protections of Proposition 13, rationing our water use, increasing taxes and restricting parental rights.”

Celebrities running against Newsom

We learned this week that “Real Housewives” star Vicki Gunvalson’s fiancé, Steve Lodge, will be running for governor of California.

We also know that celebrity Caitlyn Jenner is running for governor, too. The former Olympic gold medalist has been a transgender activist and national celebrity for several years, as I wrote for the Deseret News.