Ben Christopher

Election Reporter
Ben Christopher is covering the 2018 election season for CALmatters. Prior to that, he was a contributing writer reporting on the California economy and budget. Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has written for San Francisco magazine, California magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Priceonomics. Ben also has a past life as an aspiring beancounter: He has worked as a summer associate at the Congressional Budget Office and has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

As the leading Republican candidate for governor, John Cox offers big ideas for reform—bold and seemingly far-fetched in California’s current political climate.

It’s hard to run as the change agent in the California governor’s race when you’re the state’s second-ranking elected leader. But Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is giving it his best shot. Since launching...

It’s hard to run as the change agent in the California governor’s race when you’re the state’s second-ranking elected leader. But Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is giving it his best…

John Chiang is known as the wonk in the contest to be California's next governor—but sometimes having a nuanced position can be hard to distinguish from failing to state a…

California may face its share of thorny policy problems and political conflicts, but for Republican gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen, the solutions are actually “very simple.”

If there’s one thing that Antonio Villaraigosa wants voters to know about him, it’s this: “I’m not afraid to take on tough issues.”

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