Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom will be the next governor of California.

The Democratic lieutenant governor beat Republican John Cox on Tuesday, 56 percent to 44 percent. Newsom will replace California’s longest-serving governor Jerry Brown.

Newsom, a former mayor of San Francisco, said he wanted to restore the California Dream, and ran on issues such as universal healthcare, eliminating child poverty, protecting the environment, expanding housing and defending California’s status as a sanctuary state.

He also cast himself as the leader of the resistance against President Donald Trump.

One of his central campaign promises was to sign the Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562), which would guarantee healthcare to all residents of California.

Newsom said California should set a goal to have 3.5 million homes built by 2025 and he supports having the state acquire all of its electricity from non-carbon renewable sources by 2045.

Prior to his time as lieutenant governor, he served two terms as mayor of San Francisco.

Cox, a businessman, ran on issues such as improving the status quo, affordable housing, lowering taxes, and getting rid of special interests in Sacramento. A Chicago native, Cox previously ran for seats in the U.S. House and Senate in Illinois, and in 2006 announced his bid for the presidency, but dropped out early in the race.

President Trump endorsed Cox on Twitter in May, and frequently railed against Newsom.

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