California Governor Jerry Brown will run for re-election this year to extend his time as the longest-serving governor of the most populous U.S. state.
“If you had asked me 40 years ago -- when I first ran for governor -- what I would be doing in 2014, I could never have guessed,” Brown, 75, said in a statement on his website today. “I’ve lived here my whole life. I love this state and will do my utmost to enable California to keep faith with its past and pave the way for a future as bold as our forebears would expect.”
Brown is the longest-serving California governor by virtue of his two previous terms, from 1975 to 1983. Brown, who was elected to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, also has served as California’s attorney general and secretary of state, as well as mayor of Oakland.
Brown has amassed $17 million from donors including Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), Facebook Inc. (FB), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and even porn mogul Larry Flynt for a re-election campaign, according to campaign finance records. The Democrat has nine months for additional fundraising before the Nov. 4 election.
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