Politicians

Republican recall gubernatorial candidates Kevin Kiley, Doug Ose and Kevin Faulconer. Photos by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters; Doug Ose for Governor
From left, Republican recall gubernatorial candidates Kevin Kiley, Doug Ose and Kevin Faulconer. Photos by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters; Doug Ose for Governor

Kevin Faulconer, 54, is the Republican former mayor of mostly Democratic San Diego. He supported immigration reform, believed in climate change and distanced himself from former President Donald Trump, until voting for him in 2020. 

Ted Gaines, 63, of Shingle Springs, is a Republican former state senator and Assemblymember who is now on the California State Board of Equalization, which oversees taxes and fee collection.

Jeff Hewitt has been a Riverside County supervisor since 2018. Before that, the 68-year-old hero to Libertarians nationwide was mayor of Calimesa after serving as a City Council member.

Kevin Kiley is a Republican assemblymember from Rocklin. The 36-year-old former deputy attorney general and former teacher made headlines by suing Newsom over pandemic executive orders.

Doug Ose, a 66-year old Republican, is a former Sacramento-area U.S. representative whose 2018 campaign for governor failed to gain traction. On Aug. 17, Ose announced he is ending his campaign after suffering a heart attack.