'California needs another Ronald Reagan,' GOP candidate for governor says at debate

'In 2018 we take back California,' GOP governor candidate Travis Allen says at forum

California Assemblyman and Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen gives his opening remarks at a candidate forum on May 1, 2018, at Atascadero Lake Pavilion.
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California Assemblyman and Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen gives his opening remarks at a candidate forum on May 1, 2018, at Atascadero Lake Pavilion.

Update, 7:55 p.m.

In their closing statements, the Republican candidates for California governor made promises to the crowd.

Assemblyman Travis Allen said he would fire UC Chancellor Janet Napolitano, and would get Attorney General Xavier Becerra out of office.

"California needs another Ronald Reagan," Allen said.

Candidate John Cox referred to California's governorship as "the No. 2 job in the country," and said he would bring conservative principles to the governor's mansion.

Republican candidate for California governor John Cox delivers his opening statement at a candidate forum at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion. Assemblyman Travis Allen was also at the May 1, 2018, event.

Update, 7:25 p.m.

California Assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen says "I'm against recreational marijuana. I think it's a terrible idea." He says legalizing marijuana will lead to a slippery slope for politicians such as Gavin Newsom to legalize things like heroin injection centers.

Candidate John Cox says he supports medicinal marijuana, but focused on getting addicts help.

Update, 7:05 p.m.

The two candidates also touched on gun control at the forum, with Assemblyman Travis Allen saying, "I get an A, and an A+, from the NRA."

Candidate John Cox responded saying that he's a lifetime member of the NRA, and has an A rating from California Gun Owner's Association.

Update, 6:45 p.m.

Assemblyman Travis Allen, who is one of two Republican candidates running for California governor, says he will lower taxes, fix roads and "get rid of state-mandated Common Core and the leftist propaganda," at a forum in Atascadero on Tuesday.

Update, 6:30 p.m.

Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach was late to arrive to Tuesday's candidate forum in Atasacadero, leaving John Cox to kick off the event.

Original Story

The Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County is hosting a forum for two GOP candidates for governor Tuesday night at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero.

Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntingdon Beach and John Cox of Rancho Santa Fe, are two of six candidates competing in the California June 5 primary for a spot on the ballot in November's general election.

Cox is a perennial candidate for office, including one run for president of the United States. A businessman, accountant and attorney, he wants to fight corruption and also believes the state needs to overhaul its tax system. He notably did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016; he said he cast his ballot for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

Allen ran his own financial planning company before entering politics in 2012, when he was elected to the state Assembly. Though he's been labeled a conservative bomb-thrower, including an incident where he falsely accused Democrats in Sacramento of legalizing child prostitution, he has worked with Democrats such as Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, of Fullerton, in the past.