Carla Marinucci

Carla Marinucci

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Posted on November 4, 2013 | By cmarinucci@sfchronicle.com

Exactly a year before the 2014 election, Tea Party favorite California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly will make it official — and formally announce his run for governor Tuesday.

Donnelly plans to make the announcement at a Los Angeles manufacturing facility. It’s a move that will kick off what his campaign says will be a statewide rollout tour that will hit the Central Valley and finish up in Sacramento later this week.

The conservative Southern California Assemblyman, who earlier had announced an exploratory committee for the run, will challenge moderate former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado for the GOP nomination. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not made an official announcement but is widely expected to seek a fourth term, is not expected to be challenged for his party’s nomination.

In a statement released Monday, Donnelly said he will stress three key issues in the campaign: jobs, civil liberties, and “leaving California a better place for the next generation.”

“I have traveled up and down the state over the last year talking with voters, and it’s clear to me that they want a new voice in politics,” said Donnelly’s statement. “Our current system has failed Californians.”

The state, he said, “has a jobs crisis which this governor, and the Democratic majority legislature, have done little to solve.”

“They continue to pass more intrusive laws to restrict our civil liberties,” said Donnelly, a vocal gun rights advocate who is also strongly anti-abortion and opposes gay marriage. “It’s time for a change. It’s time for a new vision.”

At the recent state GOP convention, Donnelly headlined a rally of Second Amendment backers who warned Brown that he and possibly other state legislators were in for possible recall movements because of their efforts to enact tougher gun legislation in California.

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