Non-Republican Candidates for the California Governor Recall Election: A Voter Guide

I am a Democrat in California, and I will be voting in the 2021 Gubernatorial Recall Election, the farce of democracy that Republicans have foisted upon the state to attempt to remove Gavin Newsom from office a year before his term expires. Obviously I will be voting “no” on the first question on the ballot, whether or not to remove Gavin Newsom from office. But I don’t know how I’ll be voting on the second question, which asks me to pick a replacement governor should the “yes” votes on question 1 get a majority. Strategically it does not make sense for Democrats to leave this question blank, so I had to do research that I couldn’t find anywhere else in one location. This blog post summarizes the research I did into the 22 non-Republican candidates on the ballot.

1. Dennis Richter

None

Socialist Workers Party

Retail Store Worker

“Either”

Yes

Yes

No

?

Socialism

“We say don’t check the box either for or against the recall of Newsom because either way you are voting for a capitalist politician to win”

“But efforts today to dissolve sex into gender, and the idea that your sex can be ‘chosen,’ deal blows to women.”

2. Brandon M. Ross

Democratic

Physician / Attorney

“No”

Yes

Yes

https://ross4gov.com/

Probably yes?

Recovering addict. But really, hair transplants.

No taxes for those making less than $150k.

Its all pretty normal stuff for a Democrat.

3. Michael Loebs

None

California National Party

University Lecturer

“Neither endorse nor oppose”

Yes

Yes

https://www.loebsforca.com/

?

Manbuns, and California secession

California secession, but from a liberal libertarian perspective.

Removing statewide gun laws, making gun policy county-based.

4. Denis Lucey

None

?

Teacher

?

Yes

Yes

No

?

Men’s rights in custody proceedings

Voter constitutional initiative mandating 50/50 custody arrangements.

5. Jeremiah “Jeremy” Marciniak

None

?

None listed

“Yes”

Yes

No

No

?

Searching YouTube

I actually don’t know because I would have to watch YouTube videos.

He seems angry about any potential statewide Covid vaccine mandate.

6. Jacqueline McGowan

Democratic

Cannabis Policy Advisor

“No”

Yes

Yes

https://www.jackie4gov.org/

Probably yes?

Reform of cannabis laws

Regulate retail cannabis outlets to liquor sales outlets at a ratio of 1:4

“Reparations for housing discrimination.”

7. David Moore

None

Socialist Equality Party

Public School Teacher

“No”

No

socialism2021.com

?

Socialism

Close all schools immediately (because of Covid)

“I support open borders.”

8. Holly L. Baade

Democratic

“Mettacine”

Mother / Business Owner

“Yes”

Yes

No

https://www.holly2021.com/

?

Weird yoga religion

“We will start immediately taking down all the 5G towers and fining the companies who seek to persist in having them.”

Housing policy: “These “re-geographying” maps look almost identical to Agenda 21 maps. It is not conspiracy. It is simply, plain to see.”

9. Angelyne

None

Literally “the Angelyne Party”

Entertainer

?

Yes

No

https://www.angelyneforgovernor.com/platform

?

Being the billboard queen

Regulating what churches can do with church donations.

She doesn’t like the idea of a Covid vaccine mandate.

10. James G. Hanink

None

American Solidarity Party

Retired Educator

Yes

Yes

Yes

https://ca.solidarity-party.org/dr-james-g-hanink-for-governor-2021/

?

Extremely anti-abortion

“I am not vaccinated because the current vaccines involve the use of cell lines from aborted babies.”

“Institute waiting periods and counseling requirements to offer mothers resources to weigh their alternatives.”

11. Jeff Hewitt

Libertarian

Riverside County Supervisor

Probably “yes”?

Yes

Yes

https://www.hewitt4ca.com/

Probably no?

Doing sexual harassment, also maybe CEQA reform

Pumping Gulf of California seawater through Mexico and into the Salton Sea.

School vouchers ugh

12. John R. Drake

Democratic

College Student

“He shouldn’t [be recalled]”

Yes

Yes

https://johnrdrake.com/

Probably yes?

Being the first “catboy” governor

“I want to invest in nuclear-powered desalination plants. It also wouldn’t hurt to maybe seed the clouds a whole lot more.”

Redistribute funds away from the “speed rail”, also to create a rainy day fund, as if we didn’t already have a rainy day fund.

Requiring private gun owners to store their guns in a “government facility” that they can then check them out from with advanced notice, and then return them to.

13. Kevin Paffrath

Democratic

Basically a tech-bro libertarian

Financial Educator / Analyst

Yes

No

meetkevin.com

Yes

Grift via blockchain and YouTube

Pipeline from the Mississippi River, combined with usurping federal authority on immigration.

Too many. Maybe the corporate “future schools” curriculum, maybe the no taxes for $250k, maybe the replacing high-speed rail with toll road tunnels, maybe the casino building surge.

14. Adam Papagan

None

Just a cynical guy with liberal tendencies

Entertainer

?

Yes

No (“Love U”)

https://www.adamforgov.com/

Probably yes?

“OJ Simpson Expert Adam Papagan…”

“There’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans”

15. Armando “Mando” Perez-Serrato

Democratic

A conservative Democrat

None listed, but he manufactures guns

“Sí”

No

https://mandocaliforniagovernor.godaddysites.com/

Probably no?

Guns and use of force

“Giant statewide sprinkler system” of water from Canada to prevent wildfires, delivered via the “Perez Pipeline”, which goes down Interstate 5.

“I’m a Mandalorian, weapons are part of my religion.”

16. Heather Collins

Green

Business Owner / Hairstylist

“Newsom should be recalled”

Yes

No

https://www.governorheather.com/

?

Hairstyling

“There are no tax increases I support.”

“I am not vaccinated with the emergency-use COVID-19 vaccine.”

17. Daniel Watts

Democratic

Basically the ACLU party

Free Speech Lawyer

“No”

Yes

Yes

https://wattsforgovernor.com/

?

Cancel culture, and impersonating Cormac McCarthy

“Review of all student speech codes … [universities with] those that pass constitutional muster should be made tuition-free.”

“The climate emergency deserves our greatest respect, so I’ll address it as “sir” or “ma’am” — or “doctor” if it holds an M.D.”

18. Major Singh

None

?

Software Engineer

“Yes”

No

https://majorsinghforgovernor.com/

?

Sikhism

“Reduce corporate taxes”

“Reduce the impression that college is for partying”

19. Dan Kapelovitz

Green

Criminal Defense Attorney

“I oppose the recall”

Yes

No (“Can you dig it?”)

https://kapelovitz.com/

Probably yes?

Digging it

“Legal personhood” for animals

UBI, Green New Deal, more typical Green Party stuff than whatever Heather Collins is about.

20. Kevin K. Kaul

None

Republican lol?

Real Estate Developer

Probably “yes”

No

https://kevinkaulgovernor.com/

Probably no?

Probably some weird land development grift

Covid is “just a flu”; also “cut taxes in half.”

“There is no climate emergency, and this is a hoax.”

21. Patrick Kilpatrick

Democratic

Actor / Screenwriter / Producer

?

Yes

Yes

https://www.kilpatrickforgovernor.com/

?

Pretending he’s an accomplished actor

“Parental choice for schools”; also “lowering taxes”.

“I support the immediate halting of sewage being emptied into the ocean.”

22. Joel Ventresca

Democratic

Retired Airport Analyst

Probably “yes”

Yes

Yes

https://www.joelventresca.com/

Probably yes?

Being a Berniecrat

“Tenant protection” and large-scale affordable housing high-rises.

Pretty generic San Francisco liberal stuff. “Mandating 100% publicly-funded candidate campaigns & elections.”

I am not actually a train. Or a roadrunner. But I am originally from New Mexico.