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Republican venture capitalist John Cox talks about joining the race for California Governor

John Cox will be running for California governor.
John Cox will be running for California governor.
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The gubernatorial race is on in California. High profile names like former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom have thrown their hats in the ring for the 2018 election.

And earlier this month, John Cox, a Republican and Rancho Santa Fe attorney and venture capitalist, also announced he was running. He had some words for voters on the California that could be. In Cox’s online video announcement of his candidacy, he pegged current state Legislature as partly to blame for California’s problems, saying the state used to be truly “Golden.”

One of his most notable plans thus far in the campaign is a proposal for Neighborhood Legislature. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the proposal would incorporate thousands of new “citizen legislators” to the state Legislature. So how will Cox’s campaign fare in a largely liberal state? How would he implement such ambitious plans?

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John Cox, certified public accountant,  lawyer, businessman and founder of Cox Financial Group, and investment advisory firm; he is running for governor of California