Report: Caitlyn Jenner explores run for California governor as Newsom faces recall
Former U.S. Olympic athlete and “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star Caitlyn Jenner is considering running for governor of California as Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall election, Axios has reported.
Jenner, a vocal Republican and previous Trump supporter, is said to be “actively exploring” a run for governor of California, three sources close to the situation told Axios.
Jenner has been consulting with longtime GOP fundraiser, Caroline Wren, about her candidacy – whom Jenner met through her work with the American Unity Fund, a GOP nonprofit focused on LGBT issues.
The former Olympic gold medalist came out as a transgender woman in 2015 and has since been a vocal advocate for the LBGTQ community and transgender rights.
According to The Out for America 2020 report from the LGBTQ Victory Institute, an organization that follows and advocates for LGBTQ+ American political candidates, there was a 21% increase in the number of out LGBTQ+ elected officials in the United States in 2020. 5% of those were transgender.
79.7% of LGBTQ elected officials ran as Democrats, 2.7% ran as Republicans, 2.3% ran as Independents and 15% ran as “other,” according to the Out for America demographics.
Over 50 openly transgender candidates ran for office in 2020, however, about half lost the primary races or dropped out.
In the 2020 general election, voters elected six transgender candidates to state office.
Only 0.009% of elected officials in the U.S. are transgender.
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