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Another Democrat Files To Enter 2018 Governor's Race

Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

In this photo taken April 30, 2014, Amanda Renteria is interviewed in Washington.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

A new candidate may enter the crowded field to be the next governor of California. A former top Clinton campaign operative has filed initial paperwork to run.

If she enters the race, Amanda Renteria would be the fifth major Democrat, the second woman and the second candidate of Latino heritage to run.

Renteria previously ran for office in an unsuccessful 2014 bid to unseat Central Valley Republican Congressman David Valadao. She then served as Hillary Clinton’s national political director.

Renteria filed an initial statement of intent with the California Secretary of State’s office, which allows her to begin fundraising—she’d have to take more steps if she intends to appear on the ballot. Renteria did not respond to a request for comment but wrote on Twitter that she remains in her current job, as chief of operations at the state Department of Justice.

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 

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