Caitlyn Jenner Announces She's Running For Governor of California

Caitlyn Jenner is running for governor. On Friday, the former Olympic athlete announced that she officially filed paperwork with California's secretary of state to run against Governor Gavin Newsom in a potential recall election. "California has been my home for nearly 50 years," Caitlyn wrote in a statement posted to Instagram. "I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality. . . . I am a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom's disastrous time as governor." She added: "I'm in!"

A campaign adviser told People that Caitlyn, a longtime Republican, is "running as someone that's socially liberal and fiscally conservative." She has reportedly formed a campaign team with former Donald Trump advisers, including pollster Tony Fabrizio and former White House communications adviser Steven Cheung. Caitlyn spoke out against Trump and his lack of support for the LGBTQ+ community in a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post, writing, "I thought Trump would help trans people. I was wrong."

Interestingly enough, Caitlyn isn't the first member of the Kardashian-Jenner family to get into politics. While Kim Kardashian has been vocal about prison reform — including meeting with Trump in May 2018 to talk about pardoning Alice Marie Johnson — Kanye West ran as a write-in candidate during the 2020 president election.