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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
November 5, 2013

Republican Tim Donnelly formally announced his candidacy for California governor Tuesday, criticizing incumbent Jerry Brown for his prison policies and a state business climate Donnelly said is unduly burdensome.

The Twin Peaks assemblyman said at an event in Baldwin Park that government should “stop telling us what to do.”

Donnelly, a former member of the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project, joins former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, a moderate Republican, in the race.

Brown, a Democrat, is widely expected to seek re-election. He has raised more than $11 million for the effort, and even Republicans believe he will be difficult to defeat.

Donnelly, who is also backing an effort to recall a handful of lawmakers who supported gun control legislation this year, has been promoting himself as a candidate for governor for weeks.

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