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John Cox

John Cox

Running for

Governor of California



Current Role

President, property management business (1996-Present)
Founder, accounting firm (1981-Present)

Past political roles

Chairman of Give Voters A Voice, the anti-gas tax increase campaign (2018)
Newt Gingrich’s California Finance Chair (2012)
Member of Jack Kemp's Presidential National Steering Committee (1987)


💸 💸 ($5.2M as of 5/1/18)

Did you know

Born in Chicago. Father of four daughters. A Catholic living in San Diego. Ran for the Republican nomination in 2006 but dropped out. He didn't vote for Trump.
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Or jump to other candidates running for California Governor. (ranked by poll results):
Gavin Newsom (D)Travis Allen (R)Antonio Villaraigosa (D)John Chiang (D)Delaine Eastin (D)

The latest

Following an endorsement from President Trump, John Cox has surged into second place in the primary election, in the fight for one of two spots that will move on to the November election. Newsom holds a clear lead. (Poll conducted May 11-20). Other polls show it's a tossup between Cox and Villaraigosa for second.
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Campaign Promises

What John says he'll do once he's governor

End political corruption in Sacramento

  • Reverse sanctuary state law
  • Repeal gas tax increase
  • Abolish state income tax
  • Create "neighborhood legislators" across CA, and elect 12,000 representatives to reduce special interest influence

Remove regulations to shrink the inequality gap"

Reform CEQA to spur economic growth and housing development

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Watch John talk

It's not him , but it's close

John Cox on Fox News (May 2018)

John Cox on KQED News (April 2017)

John Cox on Fox & Friends (Nov 2017)

KTVU Interview (Jan 2018)


Stuff John has done

John hasn't passed any laws, but he's been active in the community

Campaigned for a 'neighborhood legislature' ballot measure (2017)

John spent $2.5M of his own money to submit a ballot measure that would create 12K neighborhood legislatures in CA. He advocated for the same measure in 2012, 2014, and 2016, but they never made it on the ballot.

Advocated for a 'NASCAR' campaign finance ballot initiative (2016)

John spearheaded a potential “Name All Sponsors California Accountability Reform (NASCAR)” ballot measure that would require politicians to wear logos from their top 10 donors, but it didn't succeed.

Politicians are "people" too

Highlights from John's public InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

Eating a burger

Voting in a primary election

Protesting with the people

Lovers & Haters

What people say about John


“As a lifelong conservative and taxpayer advocate, John Cox will put California on the road back to lower taxes, fiscal accountability and individual liberty. He is the person we need to rescue California from decades of radical, left-wing policies.”
Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives
“John Cox has proven that he has what it takes to wage a vigorous challenge to the liberal Sacramento policies that threaten California’s future.”
Kevin McCarthy, US House Majority Leader
“We wish Travis Allen the best, but it is now time for all California taxpayers to coalesce around the candidate who is best positioned to carry the pro-Prop 13 flag into November.”
Jon Coupal, chairman of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers' Association PAC.


“Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox’s shaky grasp on policy is demonstrated by his inexplicable confidence that the state’s housing crisis can be addressed by the same local governments that have done next to nothing for decades.”
The San Diego Union Tribune
“The leading Republican in the polls, John Cox, is a deep-pocketed San Diego area businessman who has run in vain for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and Cook County, Ill., recorder of deeds. He canceled an interview with the editorial board and did not reschedule.”
The Sacramento Bee

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