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Treasurer Chiang Eyes California Governor's Race

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio file

California state Treasurer John Chiang says he's "very interested" in running for governor in 2018.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio file

He’s not the best-known of California’s eight statewide elected officials, but Treasurer John Chiang says he’s looking at a run for governor in 2018.

Chiang is the son of Taiwanese immigrants. He was born in New York City and grew up in Chicago. In California, he’s served on the Board of Equalization, as state controller, and now treasurer.

He has several million dollars saved up in his campaign account.

And asked Wednesday about a potential run for governor, he said, “I’m very interested in it” -- and said no more.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has already declared his candidacy for governor in 2018. Other potential candidates include former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former state Controller Steve Westly and venture capitalist and environmental activist Tom Steyer. All are Democrats.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

Ben Bradford

State Government Reporter

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. He previously reported on local and state politics, business, energy, and environment for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read Full Bio