Regular Joes and Jills

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Holly L. Baade, 48, is a spiritual teacher and coach. A Democrat who lives in Fairfax, Baade is also a former journalist.

John R. Drake from Ventura, is running as a “progressive Democrat.” At 20, he is the youngest candidate to file a statement of intention to run.

Patrick Kilpatrick is an actor, screenwriter and producer from Los Angeles. He is running as a Democrat.

Jacqueline McGowan, 47, of Napa, is a Democrat and a cannabis advocate who says Newsom has imposed too many regulations on legal marijuana. She says she’s running to “facilitate a fair cannabis market.”

Armando Perez-Serrato, 44, an Orange Democrat, owns a combat supply store in Fullerton.

Brandon M. Ross, 49, is a Democrat from La Mesa. A doctor, he says he’s running to inspire drug addicts that they can turn their lives around — as he did after getting hooked on opiates and then recovering. 

Daniel Watts, 39, is a Democrat from Vista. A lawyer who specializes in first amendment cases, he ran for governor in the 2003 recall when he was a college student.  


David A. Bramante is a realtor and housing developer from Calabasas. The 39-year-old Republican hosts a podcast on artificial intelligence.  

Rhonda D. Furin, a 56-year-old Republican from Anaheim, is a retired teacher running on a platform to reform education. 

Sam L. Gallucci, 62, of Oxnard, is a software developer and pastor. The Republican candidate founded ministries to help at-risk women and children, as well as migrant field workers. 

David Hillberg, 61, is an aircraft mechanic and actor from Fountain Valley. He is running as a Republican.

Steve Chavez Lodge, 63, is a former police detective and police commissioner who owns a safety consulting firm. A Republican who lives in Trabuco Canyon, he is engaged to “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Vicki Gunvalson. 

David Lozano, a San Gabriel Republican, is a former deputy sheriff and an attorney who lost a bid for Congress in 2020. 

Diego J. Martinez, a 45-year-old Republican from San Andreas, was general manager of an auto dealership and now runs a bail bond business.

Daniel R. Mercuri is co-CEO of an independent production company, co-partner of a private investment company and a Navy veteran. The 43-year-old Simi Valley Republican ran in a 2020 congressional special election.

Robert C. Newman, 77, is a Redlands psychologist. A Republican, he ran for governor in 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2018. 

Denver Stoner, 47, a Murphys resident and a deputy sheriff, is running as a Republican.

Joe M. Symmon, 71, of Orange, is a Republican who ran for governor as a Democrat in 2010. He is the founder of Faith Champions Church.

Other parties/no party preference

Heather WJ Collins, 61, is a Playa Del Rey resident and hairstylist running with the Green Party. 

James G. Hanink, 75, of Inglewood, was a philosophy professor at Loyola Marymount University and is a member of the American Solidarity Party, which ​​seeks to promote Christian values

Daniel I. Kapelovitz is a 50-year-old criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles and a Green Party candidate.  

Kevin K. Kaul, 59, of Long Beach, is running without a party preference and is the founder of the U.S. Global Business Forum, which fosters trade between the U.S. and the rest of the world. 

Denis P. Lucey is a 61-year-old teacher from Santa Rosa running with no party preference. 

Jeremiah E. Marciniak, 42, of Lincoln, owns a rental and car sales business and is running without a party preference. 

David Moore, a 34-year-old public school teacher from Emeryville, is running with no party preference. He was the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2018. 

Adam Papagan, 33, is based in Los Angeles, where he leads tours of celebrity homes. He is running without a party preference because he is curious about how the government works

Dennis Richter, 72, of Los Angeles, works at Walmart and is the Socialist Workers Party candidate for governor. He also ran for Los Angeles mayor in 2017.  

Major Singh, a software engineer, is running with no party preference. 

Certified write-in candidates


Roxanne, 64, is a San Jose lawyer and founder of TransWomen4TransWomen.

Stacy Smith of Oakland.


Major Williams, 44, of Murrieta, is a business owner and former mayoral candidate in Pasadena. 

Other parties/no party preference

Thuy E. Hugens, 56, of Temecula, is running as a candidate for the American Independent party.

Miki Habryn, 44, an engineering director from San Francisco, is running with no party preference.

Vince Lundgren, 39, of Loomis, is running with no party preference. 

Vivek B. Mohan, of Livermore, is running with no party preference.