Gavin Newsom to Run for California Governor in 2018

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Gavin Newsom attends TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 at San Francisco Design Center on September 9, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

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California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom said on his Facebook page that he will seek the job being vacated by Governor Jerry Brown in 2018.

Newsom said he’s creating a committee for his bid to run the most-populated U.S. state.

“The reality of running for governor -- even four years from now -- in America’s largest, most diverse state demands that I start raising resources now,” Newsom wrote. “Creating this committee gives people a way to support our efforts.”

Newsom, 47, first ran for governor in 2010. Trailing Brown in polls and fundraising, Newsom later abandoned the bid to seek the lieutenant governor’s seat. Brown, a 76-year-old Democrat whose term expires in 2018, was elected to a third term in 2010 and to an unprecedented fourth term last year.

As San Francisco’s mayor, Newsom drew national attention in 2004 when he began issuing wedding licenses to same-sex couples, sparking a movement to legalize the practice.

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