Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star, the transgender icon Caitlyn Jenner she will try to add the title of governor of California to her resume in a referendum to be held this year.
Jenner’s campaign began with a modest event in Venice, near Los Angeles, where hundreds of homeless people set up camps along the boardwalk and where drug trafficking is visible to all.
“We are here because of the problem of homeless people”, said the conservative candidate, who intends to replace Democrat Gavin Newsom, governor of California since 2019 who faces a referendum to revoke her mandate.
It was thanks to a similar consultation that actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected in 2003 as governor of the most populous state in the United States on behalf of the Republican Party.
Los Angeles’ homeless crisis won’t just be solved “Spending a lot of money”, stresses Jenner, 71, before the press gathered on Thursday in the garden of a building. “We need people on the ground”, he repeated several times, without giving more details.
In jeans and a white polo shirt, the former partner of Kris Jenner, matriarch of the Kardashian clan, famous for reality shows, the candidate walked through the streets of Venice, while the audience applauded her.
Like twenty other US states, California allows a “recall vote” to be held to replace the governor. To do this, the signatures of at least 12% of the voters of the previous election must be collected.
Having reached this threshold this time, a referendum will be organized on September 14 for voters to decide whether or not they want to replace Gavin Newsom and, if so, by whom.