2018 VOTER GUIDE: A look at California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom

In the November election, California voters will decide on a new governor. Here's a look at Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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Newsom currently serves as a California's Lieutenant Governor after being San Francisco's Mayor for 7 years.

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Newsom made worldwide headlines in 2004, 36 days into his first term as Mayor when he authorized the City and County of San Francisco to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Newsom won election as San Francisco's Mayor in 2003, succeeding Willie Brown. Before being Mayor, Newsom served on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, first being appointed to office by Mayor Brown in 1997.

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Newsom will turn 51 less than a month before Election Day. Newsom graduated from Larkspur's Redwood High School before attending Santa Clara University on a partial baseball scholarship. Newsom was diagnosed with a learning disability during his childhood and takes pride in being an adaptive learner during his academic career.

Newsom and his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom live in the Marin County town of Kentfield with their four children. Newsom graduated from Santa Clara University in 1989 with a B.A. in Political Science.



Newsom pledges to defend California's "Sanctuary State" status. This includes fighting many of the Federal Policies of the Trump Administration. Promises to help pay for attorneys to assist people facing deportation. Newsom estimate undocumented immigrants make up about 10 percent of California's workforce. He will defend them against wage theft and other abuses by employers suspected of exploiting workers because of their immigration status.


Newsom applauds the #MeToo movement. He wants to institute accountability across all levels of state government, including swift and transparent investigations of claims of sexual abuse or harassment.


Newsom vows to serve as a national voice on LGBTQ issues. That includes establishing a "zero-tolerance" policy against hate in California's public schools and stronger hate crime protections for all Californians. Newsom plans to launch the "Getting to Zero" initiative to reduce and eventually eliminate both the HIV and Hepatitis C epidemics.


Newsom believes California incarcerates too many of its citizens. His plan calls for trying to divert young people away from crime and violence, diversion programs and not prison for non-violent offenders, and ending California's cash bail system.


Vows to keep California's status as a national model of gun safety. The state has passed some of America's strictest restrictions of the purchase and possession of guns and ammunition during the past 25 years.


Newsom stands by the phrase "Health Care is a Human Right" and believes it's a "sacred promise" he must keep. That includes defending the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) from being eroded by the Federal Government.

Newsom wants to expand access to mental health care in California. He believes this will help some of the estimated 134,000 homeless Californians get off the streets. Another feature of this plan would require both public and private colleges to raise awareness for mental illness symptoms.


Newsom vows to keep California on track to meet current Gov. Jerry Brown's goal of having California rely on renewable sources for 100 percent of its electricity by 2045.

Newsom plans to encourage California's farmers to embrace technologies like "drip irrigation" that irrigate crops while pinpointing the use of water.

Newsom wants to work to meet a "no kill" goal for all healthy/treatable dogs and cats that land in California's animal shelters. Newsom opposes trophy hunting of threatened or endangered species.


Supports Gov. Brown's plan to build a high-speed rail system linking California's major urban centers.


Sen. Kamala Harris
California Labor Federation
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
California Professional Firefighters
Equality California
California Federation of Teachers
California Nurses Association
Sierra Club

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