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Meet some of the most colorful candidates on the recall ballot


The recall of the California governor is only three weeks away, and 46 hopefuls will be vying for Gavin Newsom’s seat if enough people vote “yes” to the first poll.

You’ve likely heard the names of several candidates like hyperconservative radio host Larry Elder, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, YouTube influencer Kevin Paffrath, and gold medalist, reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner, who dominated the headlines – but what about the other 40 candidates who will appear on the recall ballot?

Among the candidates who are getting less ink, one whose claim to fame can be seen on posters all over Los Angeles is a 20-year-old college student and another who chose to run to see “God back in to involve our governance process to restore greatness ”. of the State of California. “

Some of these recall candidates say they will face serious problems if they are elected, while others appear to be running for just the kick. But with the crucial elections on September 14th, we decided to take a closer look at some of the more colorful characters on the ballot. We scoured the California Voter Guide and picked candidates who stood out from the rest of a crowded field in what has been described as a “circus” election. Even if they don’t win the election, they have won these superlatives.

Probably comes home with a new puppy every weekend: Dan Kapelovitz

Dan Kapelovitz

Dan Kapelovitz asks potential voters a simple but poignant question: “Can you dig it?” But it is necessary to look beyond these four words and his wide-rimmed glasses to understand his platform that he presents on his website.

The animal and civil rights activist, who is one of two Green candidates on the ballot, says he has the independence to improve California politics and the experience of allowing the state “from Trumplicans who want to change it for the worse” protection. He is also one of the few candidates to campaign for Californians to “vote ‘no’ to the recall”. He told Jewish News of Northern California that he supported Newsom but had problems with how the California Democratic Party was laying all its eggs in Newsom’s basket.

Given the circumstances, Kapelovitz has decided to run because he says he is the only “broad progressive left that can win and govern effectively”.

He hopes others will actually dig it.

Most likely to paint the Capitol Pink: Angelyne

Recall candidate AngelyneAngelyne

There is no one more fabulous on the ballot for the recall election than the sole Angelyne. The Los Angeles Billboard Queen’s platform includes a mandatory bubble bath day, lifting of daylight saving time and jury duty, decriminalizing sex work, and releasing convicts on marijuana charges.

In her campaign trailer, Angelyne holds her adorable puppy Buddha while she says in a baby voice, “Do you want to vote for us? We promise we’ll be really good. ”She also sells merchandise that is very branded.

We can now just imagine her driving up to political gatherings in her bright pink corvette while dressed in a figure-hugging all-pink ensemble that looks, well, fabulous. It’s her second time running for the coveted seat – it first ran in 2003 when Gray Davis was recalled – so we’ll see if she wins the “W” this year.

Most likely to compliment random strangers on the street: Adam Papagan

Recall candidate Adam Papagan Adam Papagan

There are two words next to Adam Papagan’s photo in the voting guide: “Love U”. At a time when it can be difficult to distract yourself from negative events around the world, it’s nice when a supposedly compassionate candidate brings joy to a largely boring vote.

But if Papagan had his way, he would have said a few more words. According to him, candidates have to pay $ 25 a word for their candidate statements that appear on the ballot, so he decided to keep it short and sweet.

Most likely going to be a social media influencer when this is all over: John R. Drake

Democratic candidate John R. DrakeJohn R. Drake

On Tuesday, John R. Drake – the youngest candidate on the ballot – only had five photos and videos on his Instagram page. But we can assure you that this 20 year old Cal Poly student knows how to use social media.

He’s already mastered the respectful clapping of haters in his Instagram comments and is one of the few candidates who sells merchandise on his campaign website. (He already has plans for his gear for 2022.)

One of the t-shirts he sells has a photo of his face wearing a cat mask and cat ears. The t-shirt reads “Drake for Governor of California: Devot and Breedable”. In response, a TikTok user posted a video asking, “What’s that shirt, Drake?” It got more than 100,000 views on the platform. Drake clearly knows how to get people to talk.

So yeah, Drake, whose platform includes affordable housing, education, and healthcare, may not have a lot of content or significant following on his Instagram yet, but by the end of the gubernatorial race, we believe he will gain popularity. (Attention, Kevin Paffrath.)

Most likely to describe himself as a “man of the people”: Jeremiah “Jerry” Marciniak

Recall candidate Jeremiah MarciniakJeremiah Marciniak

Next to Jeremiah “Jerry” Marciniak’s photo on the ballot is the words, “Browse YouTube,” so that’s what we did. On his channel, on which he has around 20 subscribers, there is a one-minute campaign trailer and several videos in which he answers questions on various topics from the public about the recall election.

In the comments section of his campaign, Marciniak says that he has been criticized for the quality of the video, which he himself financed, and that he only included two words in the voter guide. But like Papagan, he chose to spend less because of the $ 25 per word fee. He also says it is against his morals to accept campaign contributions because “being a civil servant is using your time as a duty to the people.”

He encourages voters to vote for a “normal citizen” versus a member of the political elite.

Most likely to kiss babies on the campaign trail (before COVID, of course): Denis Lucey

Recall candidate Denis LuceyDenis Lucey

Denis Lucey, who has been a teacher in Santa Rosa for about three years according to his LinkedIn profile, used his ballot pad to tell a heartfelt story.

He says that one of his “disturbed kindergarten” students came up to him crying one day and said, “I love my mom, I love my dad, why can’t I love them equally by living with everyone half the time? “Apparently the student was referring to the“ 50 50 Child Custody ”rule, which is required in the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, he explains.

We’re not sure what other issues Lucey wants to tackle when he’s elected to office, but at least we know someone is watching out for the youth.

Probably not a stoner: Denver Stoner

Republican candidate Denver StonerDenver Stoner

Denver Stoner, who did not submit a photo for the voter guide, says there is “a serious lack of moral character and servant leadership among government officials” today, so it is “time to bring God back into our government process to restore greatness” . of the State of California. “

The Republican candidate, who is from the Golden State and is a Conservative Christian, says he believes he can do the “God-given role of governor” to bring about positive change.

He told the San Diego Tribune that he did not believe that COVID vaccinations should be mandatory and that wearing a mask should be optional; believes that homelessness needs to be addressed “at the local, non-profit level, not at the state level”; and that he plans to work with environmental scientists to identify a multipoint attack to address the state’s climate challenges.

While his name suggests it hilariously, we got the idea that Stoner isn’t the guy who blows and fits.

Will most likely star in a sitcom based on California politics: Patrick Kilpatrick

Democratic candidate Patrick Kilpatrick Patrick Kilpatrick

You couldn’t think of a better name than Patrick Kilpatrick – or could you?

Kilpatrick is an actor, writer, and producer who has appeared in at least 200 TV shows and films, according to his IMDB page. He has worked with the likes of Tom Cruise in the 2002 film Minority Report, Bruce Willis in Last Man Standing, and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1996 film Eraser. Now the Hollywood veteran and business owner hopes to bring his talents to Sacramento.

His extensive list of priorities includes lowering taxes, improving California’s education system, and eliminating homelessness by providing basic services and employment. Kilpatrick, who is listed as a Democrat, also wants to bring Hollywood back to California by creating more incentives for jobs in film and television production.

“This is not about political parties,” it says on his website. “This is about authentic people getting things done!”

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