California Governor Jerry Brown’s seat is up for grabs in 2018, but it’s not too early to anticipate who’s in the race to fill it. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and former mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa have begun their campaigns, but some big California names have been more ambiguous about their intentions.
Tom Steyer, the billionaire philanthropist, activist and president of NextGen Climate, a San Francisco-based environmental advocacy organization, hasn’t been forthcoming about whether he’ll run. But as reported by POLITICO, he’s been more in the public eye lately, featured in television spots, making appearances in Long Beach and Skid Row, and has spoken publicly about state ballot measures.
But even if Steyer doesn’t run, his influence and financial support would hold a lot of weight for other candidates. So what are his plans?
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Tom Steyer, founder and president of NextGen Climate, an environmental advocacy nonprofit; he is rumored to be running in California’s 2018 gubernatorial election