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Redding businesswoman running for governor in recall election

A Redding woman is one of 41 candidates running for governor in the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Posted: Jul 19, 2021 4:35 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2021 6:54 PM

REDDING, Calif. - A Redding woman is running for governor in the recall election that could remove Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Jenny Rae Le Roux is a longtime Redding resident and businesswoman. She tells Action News Now the way Newsom handled the pandemic is one of the reasons why she’s running.

Le Roux filed her paperwork to run for governor back in April and learned over the weekend she will indeed be on the ballot come Sept. 14.

“Politics is worse than the private sector in every way. It's public, it's brutal, and for many reasons, that’s why I didn't do it for the rest of my life before now,” said Le Roux. “But I became convicted over the last year that if good people don't go into government, then we get bad people leading us. That's one of the reasons I had to run. We need people who know how to lead organizations and know how to solve problems.

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Le Roux said she is a data drive person and uses data to solve problems.

“For homelessness, right now, Newsom has two answers: spend more money and create more programs,” said Le Roux. “But the problem is that spending money doesn't mean spending smartly. What you used data for is to identify what is working and what isn't. So that we can spend more money, on the things that are working and the things that aren't.”

While there are 41 people running for governor, she said the biggest competitor is still Gov. Newsom himself.

“[Newsom] has the largest pool pit and he has been spending money from the surplus that the state has without thinking of the businesses that created the surplus,” explained Le Roux. “He is the one all of us are running against.”

The full interview with Le Roux is attached to this article. 

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