Brian Pendleton, a local gay philanthropist who perhaps is best known as the man behind last month’s Resist March, apparently is considering a run for California State Treasurer.
Chad Goldman, Pendleton’s friend and former partner, has reached out to people asking if they would be willing to fund Pendleton’s election campaign. Several of those people have informed WEHOville of Goldman’s request, however, they have asked that they not be identified so as not to offend Goldman. Neither Pendleton nor Goldman has responded to several requests from WEHOville for comment.
The seat Pendleton would be seeking currently is occupied by John Chiang, who has announced he will run for governor. The election is Nov. 6, 2018, and two other candidates already have announced that they are running for the Democratic nomination for the position, which almost certainly means they will win the general election because of the state’s heavily Democratic population. They are Mike Gatto, a state assembly member who represents the 43rd Assembly District and Fiona Ma, chairwoman of the state Board of Equalization. Gatto’s district includes Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta, La Canada Flintridge, and the Los Angeles communities of Atwater Village, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, the Hollywood Hills, and half of Hollywood.
The State of California’s website says the state treasurer “represents all Californians and functions as the state’s lead asset manager, banker, and financier and also serves as chairperson or a member of numerous state authorities, boards, and commissions. The State Treasurer’s Office has broad constitutional and statutory responsibilities and authority in the areas of state government’s investment and finance.”
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