Amanda Renteria has formally announced her run for California governor. Image via amandarenteria.com

published on February 20, 2018 - 10:23 AM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

Amanda Renteria has officially announced her run for California governor.

The Tulare County native and former national political director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign stepped down last week from her role as chief of operations for the California Department of Justice.

Renteria has been mum about her campaign, which was first reported last week, until today’s formal announcement. In a statement, she said it’s time for “fresh faces and perspectives to lead our state.”

“We can no longer do politics like we’ve done it in the past. We need leaders who can inspire a new generation of public servants, bring new voices to the table, and do it with a sense of joy and optimism,” she said.

“As a long-time public servant working at the local, state, and federal level, I believe we need to change the culture of our politics. Elected office isn’t supposed to be bought, and it’s not supposed to be used for your own gain. Public service is about celebrating the courage of our fellow citizens, and putting your head down to do the work. It’s not flashy or boastful. It’s about the power of connecting with others and making their stories heard.”

Renteria came to the forefront of local politics when she ran against Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) for the 21st Congressional District seat in 2014, losing by 15 percentage points.

The native of Woodlake is a former math teacher, budget analyst for the City of San Jose, economic policy adviser to Sen. Dianne Feinstein and first Latina chief of staff in the U.S. Senate when she served under Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

The Democratic frontrunners for governor she will face in the June primary include Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Many have speculated that Renteria’s entrance into the race may pull Latino voter support from Villaraigosa. 

For more information, visit amandarenteria.com.

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