Tulare County Supervisor Allen Ishida says he’s running for governor in 2018.
“I am running because I do believe I have a chance to win. We need change. I’m not running to make a point.”
Last week, he filed his intent to run paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office and expects to get a campaign committee number from the Fair Political Practices Commission any day now.
He’s a registered Republican and is running under the banner, but the citrus farmer from Lindsay says he’s “kind of independent from the Republican party.
“I don’t know any people on the national or state committees. I’m basically Joe Six Pack. I’m not part of the hierarchy of the Republican party.”
Ishida says the major issues facing California include water, the disappearing middle class and education. But his larger point is that regulations — and unelected regulators appointed to their jobs — are hurting the state. For example, Ishida says, state agencies were ready to approve the transfer of more water out of the Delta to relieve the effects of the drought but a single regulator stopped it.
“They try to solve problems through regulation and it does not work. Small businesses can’t expand. We’re regulating ourselves to the point where we’re not attractive to growth or business establishment.”
Running for governor will mean spending time on the campaign trail in Southern California, Ishida says: “To be elected, you have to get to be known in the metropolitan areas.”