Gov. Jerry Brown Files Papers to Run for Fourth Term as CA’s Governor

February 28, 2014 13:30 pm · 39 comments

Gov. Jerry Brown filed papers at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office in Oakland today to run for an unprecedented fourth term as California’s leader.

Speaking to reporters outside the registrar’s office, Brown said, “This is my fourth time at this and I’m doing so with humility and the realization that there are great responsibilities in the work that lies ahead.”

Brown, who was accompanied by his wife, Anne Gust, said that if he gets re-elected to another term, his priorities will be keeping the state’s budget balanced, changing the way schools are funded and supervised and public safety.

In terms of the state’s finances, Brown said he will “act very prudently” in managing its money.

“I’ll keep my eye on the ball,” he said. As for education, Brown said there will be a switch in July to a new system in which there is more local control over public schools and more local accountability for every school in the state.

In the area of public safety, the governor said he is continuing to work hard to implement the recent realignment system in which many inmates have been moved from state prisons to local jails.

Brown said it’s important that those who break the law “are dealt with firmly and intelligently.”

Asked why he’s running for office again, Brown, who will turn 76 in April, said, “I understand the complexity and diversity of California and I like to get up in the morning and go to work. I think I can make a contribution over the next four years.”

Brown even said this might not be the last time he runs for office.

Brown, who served as Oakland’s mayor for eight years, joked that he might run for mayor again, saying that he gathered petition signatures at Oakland City Hall on Thursday and talked to “a lot of old friends.”

Brown declined to comment on potential opponents in the governor’s race, noting that the filing deadline is not until next Friday and things could change by then.

Love USA February 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

That is great!

old concord February 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Blessed are we .

funny man February 28, 2014 at 1:46 PM

oh gawd noooo…can we get another rino maybe

God help us ! February 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Please don’t.

What security February 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Awesome even the conservatives love em he balanced the budget and gave us a surplus Arnold was horrible…

Amy February 28, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Californian voters forgot that he was a terrible governor LAST time he was governor and no doubt he’ll get re elected again for a second (fourth) term. California is a welfare state and very unfriendly to business which is why so many businesses have moved to other states. Businesses create jobs. So don’t complain that you can’t find a job and don’t complain if your taxes are too high if you vote for Governor Moonbeam again.

Love California February 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

This would be terrible.

He'll run for fifth term too February 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM

King Moonbeam

N.C.Biker February 28, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Good , hope after all.

Bob the Repairman February 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Sounds wonderful!! A bullet train to nowhere, plans for huge water tunnels from the Delta, felons being released, etc.
Isn’t it time to stop these “has beens”, Brown, Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer, Include the Clintons also.
These people just keep coming back and never go away.
Credit them with high unemployment, high taxes, and the huge debt our nation and state has.

WTF? February 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Good night nurse!

jtkatec February 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

The American royalty just keeps on.

anon February 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Jerry better than Gavin Newsom.

Elwood February 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Jerry was a freak in his first incarnation.

Now he’s a senile freak.

To wit: High speed choo choo to nowhere, giant Delta-draining twin tunnels.

Taxed too much February 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

What happened to term limits?

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz February 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Nobody else wants the job.

All the olde Politicians are Senile February 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

and the young ones are Polarized Nutbags. We ain’t got a chance….

Anon2you February 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Be real, he has done a pretty good job so far and even though I am not a Democrat, I feel California is better off now, than when he took over…so yeah let him keep his job.

kax February 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM

jerry brown has been a wonderful example of why socialism doesn’t work….he has never met an entitlement program he doesn’t like….he is a felons best friend, and the hell with the victims….high speed trains going to ??? while the roads around here look like some one’s thrown hand- grenades on them……

Ted Nugent February 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

No way…,,time for a changing of the guard.

Just Another Concord Resident February 28, 2014 at 3:55 PM

He was ineligible to run for a 3rd term.. but crept in saying it was a technicality and we let him get away with it. This man is a loser, a thief and should be run out of town for his underhanded dealings. He did such a bang up job in Oakland.. just look at the state of the state and he is squarely to blame. He has his communist buddies in power and just wants to destroy what is left. Time to move.

personally February 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t vote for him last time, I won’t vote for him this time.

Hey morons February 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

The high speed rail wasn’t his idea, you speak
as though it had just begun.
His first two terms put California ahead of most
other Countries on the globe.
This is the quality of your criticism of this man
as Governer, stop reading the goofball web crap
and look at the reality of what he has accomplished
in recent years.
In closing, give me anything but the run-away, out
of control capitalism that is what’s really put us where
we are as a nation.

Shuley February 28, 2014 at 4:24 PM

I’ve generally given up on voting for anyone in a party but he very well could get my vote again. He has done a better job than anyone else since I moved back to Cali in 97.

And to those idiots complaining about non-violent offender release, this was ordered by the US Supreme Court before Brown took office. He has been fighting it ever since.

Pamela February 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Whatever your politics, it can’t be denied that Brown has done an amazing job of pulling California out of the fiscal crisis left behind by Arnold the Terrible. He has zeroed out the $26 Billion dollar deficit he inherited, balanced the budget (for the first time in years), and has made huge strides in paying down the debt he inherited, too. He has made major commitments (funneled money) to education and other important areas, often making tough choices with reason and compassion. He’s got my vote, and I wish every state had one like him.

California Nightmare February 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM

High speed train to nowhere.

“Realignment” to release thousands of criminals onto the streets.

Filling up local jails so serious crimes like burglary and car theft go virtually unpunished.

Putting forward drought relief proposals that do nothing to increase our long term water supply.

Approving almost every bad idea put forward by the far left legislature.

Finally, his refusal to defend a lawful initiative voted on by the majority of Californians (prop 8). He is just a clone of Obama, but without the nice family.

A Nightmare for California.

@California nightmare February 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM

You are ridiculous!

Good heart February 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I truely hope that this doesn’t happen! He was terrible before, he’s terrible now and California won’t survive him another term!

Jim February 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

@What security….speak for yourself…most conservative DO NOT love him and will still have billions in unfunded pensions so he balanced nothing…get the facts before you open your mouth

Jim February 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

@What security….speak for yourself…most conservative DO NOT love him and will still have billions in unfunded pensions so he balanced nothing…get the facts before you open your mouth…Check for yourself you’ll find he under-payed into the teachers pension by $4.5 billion…weird almost equal to the budget surplus they’re expecting…I’ll bet your good at shell games too

Elwood February 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM

“And to those idiots complaining about non-violent offender release, this was ordered by the US Supreme Court before Brown took office. He has been fighting it ever since.”

If the facts aren’t in your favor, make up some facts.

A federal judge ordered CA to reduce prison overcrowding. This could have been accomplished in a number of ways, including building more prisons.

Brown and the CA leg. decided that the best thing to do was to release a flood of cons on the unsuspecting public. Property crimes are up everywhere.

Gov. Moonbeam February 28, 2014 at 7:40 PM

This Drought is the Worst Disaster to hit the State since I was elected Governor!

Safety Second February 28, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I’ll give you that Anon. Newsome is a punk. Brown is just a hack for public. Sector unions. No representation for the sheeple who keep reelecting encumbants

Pamela February 28, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Why is it that the most reactionary, outrageous comments are always the ones with grammatical and spelling errors?

Pamela February 28, 2014 at 8:15 PM

To “Hey Morons,”
If Claycord had a “Like” button, I would have Liked your comment.

Anon February 28, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Like a pig at a troff, just suck up Moonbeam.

mutts February 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM

So, Brown announced a surplus…WHAT A COINCIDENCE. Now he can lower all the “fees” imposed on us.

Yoshi February 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM

If it’s old and Brown, flush it down.

Shuley March 1, 2014 at 8:37 AM

@ Elwood

The Supreme Court gave California 2 years to alleviate overcrowding. You and I both know there is no way on earth the state could have approved, designed and built enough prison space needed to house more than 60,000 inmates. Particularly not in a time we are trying to cut spending and not add billions more to our debt in construction, labor and pension costs. Not to mention we cannot find enough people willing to fill the prison guard positions we already have.

Besides, it’s Reagan’s failed “war on drugs” that is the main crux of the problem. We are the state with the largest prison population in the country with the largest prison population in the world. So, just building more prisons is obviously a weak minded persons non-solution to the problem.

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