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The Olympic Gold medalist and transgender activist, Caitlyn Jenner, has announced that she will be running for the position of Governor in the US state of California.

In a statement released on her social media pages, Jenner called herself "a proven winner, and the only outsider who can put and end to Gavin Newsom's disastrous time as Governor".

A petition is currently doing the rounds in the state calling for an election. If the petition is successful, an election could be held in November and, if Jenner's campaign is successful, she could be the next Governor of the Golden State, replacing the current Governor Newsom.

The 71-year-old Jenner was previously known as Bruce Jenner, a star athlete for Team USA. Not long after winning the gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games, Jenner met and married Kris Jenner. The couple divorced in 2014 and, soon after that, Caitlyn came out as a transgender woman.

Caitlyn won't be the first celebrity to run for the position of Governor of California. Austrian actor Arnold Schwarzenegger served as the Governor from 2003 to 2011.

Jenner, a Republican, was very vocal about the fact that she voted for former President Donald Trump in 2016, but later admitted that it was a mistake, citing Trump's views on the transgender community as the reason.

Image credit: Politico

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