Governor Jerry Brown watched election results with his wife and staff members at the historic Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento. Shortly after the polls closed, the Governor walked outside and addressed the media.
“Well, to no one’s surprise, I think we have a victory here and I want to thank the people of California for giving me a fourth chance to serve them in the governorship,” Brown said. “I’m going to campaign hard. I take nothing for granted. And I just have to say that California has come a long way in the last few years. We’ve closed a massive budget deficit. We have good relations between the two parties working on significant issues.”
At this point, 40 years from the time he won his first primary for Governor of California, Brown said the prospect of an unprecedented fourth term is something he doesn’t take for granted. But he did sound confident.
“Someone once told me, ‘you win elections the year before,'” Brown said. “And what won this election tonight is curing a $27-billion deficit, keeping my promise not to raise taxes unless the people themselves voted for it, and bringing government closer to the people.”
As for facing a Republican challenger in November, Brown said only this: “I think the other party, although it’s slipping, still has an opportunity to present an alternative candidate. And then I think the people will have a choice. And I think that’s good.”
On a side note, Brown said he intends to start using the old Governor’s Mansion. He’s not moving there. But he said he will hold official meetings in the historic building.
Brown is expected to face republican Neel Kashkari for the governor’s office in November.