With the by-elections just a few weeks away, Larry Elder placed himself in front of the candidates this week in the hope that he will replace Gavin Newsom’s government. Here are five things you need to know about the conservative radio host hoping to become the next governor of California.
1. He’s a Los Angeles resident
Elder (69) grew up in south-central Los Angeles with a father who served in World War II and ran his own restaurant, a mother who worked for what is now known as the U.S. Department of State. defense (then the U.S. Department of War). and two brothers. He studied political science at Brown University in Rhode Island before obtaining a law degree from the University of Michigan.
2. His followers are known as ‘Elder-ados’ and ‘Elderberries’
Elder, called ‘The Sage from South Central’, is currently hosting The Larry Elder Show, a syndicated radio program on the Salem Radio Network, where he discusses everything from recall to homelessness. After graduating from law school, Elder worked for a law firm in Cleveland before opening his own firm. In the last few decades, he has turned to the media, appeared on television, written books and newspaper articles, produced podcasts, and perhaps best known, as a host for radio programs. Elder’s CV lacks at least one thing: political experience.
3. He is very conservative
In deep blue California, some of Elder’s views are far beyond where most residents stand. But in a remembrance race with more than 40 candidates, Elder, a registered Republican, will only have to knock out the other candidates, not win a majority, to become the next governor. Elder argued that racism is not a serious threat to the upward mobility of Black Americans. In his 2000 book The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America, he proposes eliminating the IRS, ending welfare, and getting rid of gun regulations.
4. Elder says he will tackle crime, homelessness and more as governor
Elder lays out his vision – though one without much detail – for the Golden State on its campaign website, which includes the support of police officers, the termination of ‘early release’ programs for prisoners, support of charter schools and the cost of living more affordable.
5. He does not like vaccine orders or Newsom’s handling of the pandemic
Elder’s Twitter account has been filled with criticism of Newsom’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, including his recent announcement that healthcare workers should be vaccinated or tested regularly.
‘I got the vaccine. If you want the vaccine, you need to get it. If you do not want it, do not get it, and you will not be forced by the state of California – if I win, ‘he recently posted. “End of story.”
In separate tweets, he shot up mask mandates and wrote in capital letters: “One has the right not to wear a mask.”