By John Celock
A conservative Republican assemblyman from Orange County has kicked off his bid to be California’s next governor.
Assemblyman Travis Allen announced Thursday that he would entering the growing field to succeed term-limited Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on a conservative platform calling for tax cuts and being tough on crime. Allen is the sixth candidate to enter the nonpartisan primary for the 2018 election.
“California needs a new vision. California needs new leadership,” Allen said in a video. “I’ve seen our taxes increase to be among the highest in the nation. I’ve seen crime increase in every major metro area. I’ve seen expansion of the government bureaucracy at the expense of hard working Californians and their businesses.”
Allen, a third term assemblyman, is one of the most conservative lawmakers in Sacramento. He has frequently campaigned against illegal immigration, crime and high taxes.
With California’s nonpartisan primary election system, a crowded field is expected in the race to succeed Brown. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D), state Treasurer John Chiang (D), former Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin (D), former Assemblyman David Hadley (R) and businessman John Cox (R) have already entered the gubernatorial race. The top two finishers in the June primary advance to the November election.
In his announcement, Allen outlines plans that include tax cuts, new proposals to crackdown on what he says is a growing crime problem, the completion of the state water project, fixing roads and reducing the state’s traffic. Allen said he wants to reverse the gas tax hike that Brown has implemented.
“These are problems that we can solve and that we can fix. CA needs new leadership.”