Guv hopeful, Delaine Eastin, officially opens campaign account

Delaine Eastin for Governor 2018 is up and running.

GOVERNOR | Former East Bay lawmaker Delaine Eastin’s bid for California governor is officially open for business.

“Eastin for Governor 2018” was registered with the state Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday. However, the campaign’s coffers are literally bare. No activity is shown.

It’s a stark difference with her likely opponents, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newson and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who dueled Tuesday in a match of which candidate could boast more about their campaign largess.

Earlier in the day, Villaraigosa said he had matched expectations by raising $2.7 million in campaign contribution, a figure that exceeded expectations.

Later, in a bid to possibly assuage any early fears about Newsom’s own campaign finances, he also announced $2.7 million in contributions over the same period, but also an additional $11.5 million in separate accounts.

Meanwhile, Eastin’s decidedly long-shot bid for governor after more than 13 years out of public office is not without some strengths. For one, the lack of potential female candidates in the 2018 race favors Eastin as does her extensive experience.

She began her political career on the Union City City Council, followed by eight years in the Assembly. Most voters statewide are familiar with Eastin after she served as state superintendent of instruction. She was termed out of office in 2002.

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