Caitlyn Jenner announces bid for California governor

Caitlyn Jenner has announced she has filed the paperwork to run for California governor.

The former Olympic athlete and reality TV star confirmed the news on her Twitter account earlier on Friday.

A recall election in the state could be confirmed this month after a petition against current governor Gavin Newsom reached the number required to trigger a vote.

Voters would be asked if they want Mr Newsom to stay or another candidate.

According to Axios, Ms Jenner has put together a team that includes some of former President Donald Trump’s advisers.

“Californians want better and deserve better from the governor,” a statement from Ms Jenner said.

“For too long, career politicians have over-promised and under-delivered. We need a leader with the vision and resolve to see it through,” she added.

Ms Jenner promised that her campaign will be one of “solutions” and provide a “roadmap back to prosperity to turn this state around”.

She added that she will formally launch her campaign at a later date.

If she won, Ms Jenner would be one of the first transgender Americans to hold such a high-profile role. Sarah McBride became the first transgender state senator in the US after she won her race in Delaware during the 2020 elections.

In 2017, she told the Victoria Derbyshire show that she was considering entering US politics to promote LGBT issues.

Should the recall election go ahead, it would be the fourth governor recall in US history.

Mr Newsom has faced criticism for his handling of the pandemic. As infections started to fall, he came under criticism from business owners for still enforcing restrictions.

Ms Jenner described herself as a “proven winner” in her statement, adding that she is the “only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as a governor”.

Who is Caitlyn Jenner?

Caitlyn Jenner has been described as the highest-profile American to come out as transgender.

She announced she was transgender in 2015 in an interview with Diane Sayer on ABC, during which she said she had been wrestling with her gender since childhood.

The former athlete won a gold medal at the Montreal Games in 1976.

Before transitioning, she was married to Kris Jenner and the pair had two daughters, Kendall and Kylie. Ms Jenner and her family were stars of the hit reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”.

She said her step-daughter Kim Kardashian had been a big supporter of her transitioning.

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