Gubernatorial Candidate John Cox Wants to Run California’s Government More Efficiently

July 23, 2018 Updated: October 16, 2018

California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox was invited to Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry near Los Angeles on July 20. He addressed about 80 constituents and answered some media questions before and after the event.

Cox said that California’s government is not as efficient as it could be, saying “the legislatures are the best ones money can buy” and controlled by special interest groups. He said this has resulted in most Californians struggling to make ends meet, including paying their rent or buying even a small house in many parts of the state.

The businessman shared his professional experience regarding the big differences between California and other states such as Indiana.

“I’m in the housing business. I build apartments for $80,000 a unit in Indiana, which is a well-managed state. Here in California, it’s $300,000 to $500,000, driven up by government regulations,” he said.

California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox surrounded by media with questions on July 20 in Los Angeles, Calif. (The Epoch Times/Mandy Huang)

Streamlining the state’s regulations would reduce the price of housing, Cox said.

“When I am the governor of the state, we are truly gonna build affordable housing that people can afford and have a great quality of life.”

Cox claimed people are leaving California and said it costs about $2000 to rent a U-Haul to move out of California, while only about $200 to move into California. Gas in California is also more expensive than most states.

“This state has become unaffordable for the middle class. There almost isn’t a middle class any longer,” he said. “The price of gasoline has been pushed up so high, especially by the gas tax that we are going to repeal in November.”

Cox said Californians are paying almost twice for gas as as much as their neighboring states. He’s determined to repeal SB1’s gas tax by asking people to vote yes on Proposition 6 in November.

In terms of a single-payer health care system, he said he’s very against this idea due to his 40 years of business experience, because “the only way to make any product or any service better quality and more efficient is with competition.” He wants people to decide what they want directly. In addition, he wants the process to be transparent.

“I want to put patients and doctors in charge of our health care and inject competition. Get the government out as much as possible,” he said.

John Cox gave a speech in LA
California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox speaks on July 20 in Los Angeles, Calif.(Screenshot/Nina Liu via NTD)

California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox speaks on July 20 in Los Angeles, Calif.(Screenshot/Nina Liu via NTD)

He is openly against California’s high speed rail system, because he disagrees with the current route and they way the program is spending money. He said the rail system is being built nowhere and leads to nowhere.

He stated several times, “I am dedicated to making this state livable, affordable, safe and successful. I am dedicated to making this state open for business and opportunities.”

Trump has endorsed Cox as the next California governor several times on Twitter. Cox is competing against former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who currently serves as Lieutenant Governor.