California’s lieutenant governor, Eleni Kounalakis, declared on Monday that she will run for governor in 2026. “My family & I owe everything to our state. I will fight fiercely to make sure EVERY Californian has the chance to walk the path of the CA dream just like I have,” she said on social media.
If elected, Kounalakis would be the first woman to ever lead the Golden State. The resident of Sacramento told Politico that she intended to start a campaign committee and address a number of pressing problems in the state, including homelessness and the fentanyl crisis.
Although she is the only candidate to have started a campaign so far, more opponents are anticipated as the election gets closer. Kounalakis has previously served in that capacity.
Most notably, she was the first woman in California to sign a bill into law last year. As the state continued to recover from the epidemic, the bill extended a law that prevented some renters from being evicted for a short period of time.
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