February 23, 2024

San Diego’s Toni Atkins on Thursday signaled she would run for governor, and a number of other information shops say her announcement is predicted Friday.

Atkins, 61, a Democrat who rose by means of the ranks of metropolis politics to turn into the primary homosexual chief of the state Senate, has filed paperwork to start elevating cash for a gubernatorial bid in 2026.

The Sacramento Bee mentioned her marketing campaign launched plans for a “main announcement” in San Diego on Friday.

Introduced candidates for governor — to succeed termed out Gavin Newsom — embody fellow Democrats Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis and State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond.

Lawyer Normal Rob Bonta has additionally mentioned he’s contemplating a gubernatorial bid, the Bee reported.

Final November, Atkins informed The Related Press that she was “involved in that [governor race] risk.”

On the California Democratic Social gathering fall conference, Atkins informed The Sacramento Bee: “Governors work with legislators to get issues executed. I’ve executed the coverage work, I’ve executed the price range work. And it truly is a singular expertise to have the ability to work with these totally different events — the speaker, the professional tem, the governor. I really feel like I’ve obtained expertise with every. And for me, expertise issues.”

Atkins phrases out of the state Legislature in December. In 2021, Voice of San Diego reported that Atkins launched a fundraising committee for a lieutenant governor bid in 2026 “and has been elevating hundreds of {dollars} from teams domestically and from throughout the state and nation.”

On Thursday, Sacramento TV station KCRA mentioned it tried to ask Atkins about her Friday announcement.

“I stay up for speaking to you,” she mentioned.

In September, The San Diego Union-Tribune praised Atkins in an editorial.

“Atkins — who lives in South Park along with her partner, Jennifer, and their canines, Joey and Mia — has had some disappointments,” the U-T mentioned. “Maybe most notably, her push to arrange a complete common single-payer well being care system for all residents of the state faltered over considerations about the associated fee.”