OAKLAND -- One day after walking in to the Alameda County elections office unannounced to take out paperwork to run for reelection, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday officially filed his candidacy for an unprecedented fourth and final term.
Brown, accompanied by his wife, Anne, spoke to reporters after handing his papers to Alameda County officials, and outlined his message for reelection: ensuring the state’s budget stays balanced and monitoring the effects of sweeping changes he has made in the way schools are funded and criminals are incarcerated.
Brown also said he wanted to be sure to “not repeat history,” in which recent governors, including himself when he left office the first time in 1982, have left behind massive deficits for the state.
“I like the work,” Brown said when asked why he was running for another term. “There’s a lot of stuff to do.”
Brown rejected a reporter’s suggestion that this was his last run for office, though he would be constitutionally barred from seeking a fifth term as governor.
“I’m not going to say it’s the last race,” he said, noting that he could potentially run for another term as mayor of Oakland after a final term as governor. Brown would be 80 years old at that time.
Brown said he had no thoughts about his two best-known Republican challengers, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks and former U.S. Treasury Department official Neel Kashkari, and said it would be a “premature expectation” to anticipate any debate between his gubernatorial rivals.