Former Republican Assemblyman Joins California Governor Race

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Republican assemblyman David Hadley says he will run for governor of California.

The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday the 52-year-old from Manhattan Beach believes he can appeal to moderate voters dissatisfied with the Democratic-led state legislature's passage of gas tax and vehicle license fee increases.

The businessman served in the Assembly for two years but lost his 2016 re-election bid. He didn't back Donald Trump for president, voting instead for libertarian Gary Johnson.

Other candidates in the 2018 race are Republican businessman John Cox, Assemblyman Travis Allen, Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, ex-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang.

In California, primary election voters choose the top two candidates to advance to the general election, regardless of party.

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