Newsom takes step to run for lite gov

Democratic San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has apparently spent enough time already with the family. After bailing on his lackluster gubernatorial campaign, he filed today a candidate declaration of intent to run for California lieutenant governor.

Called a Form 501, it is the first step in a candidate’s big stack of required paperwork. It allows a candidate to start raising money. Newsom also agreed to abide by the state’s voluntary campaign spending limits, which makes him eligible to submit a statement for inclusion on the state ballot pamphlet. The deadline was today at 5 p.m. to submit the ballot statements. (Interestingly, the Secretary of State does not release a list of who filed statements or the contents until the official public review period starts Feb. 23.) In order to appear on the ballot, Newsom must also file candidate nomination papers with the San Francisco election’s office by the end of the day March 12, the deadline to enter the June primary.

Other declared lieutenant governor candidates on the Democratic side include state Sen. Dean Florez of Shafter, state sen. Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. On the Republican side, of course, we’ve been following the sage of Schwarzengger-appointee and Republican Sen. Abel Maldonado, who has been unable to win confirmation to occupy the post for a few months. GOP Sen. Sam Aanstad of Grass Valley has also been raising money for the post.

Folks interested in meeting Hahn in person can attend the Contra Costa Central Committee meeting on Thursday, where Hahn is expected about 8 p.m. The committee meets at the Union Hall of Electricians Local 302 at 1875 Arnold Drive in Martinez.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen