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State of CaliforniaCandidate for Governor

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John H. Cox

Businessman/Taxpayer Advocate
4,742,825 votes (38.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Affordability - Bringing down the cost of living for all Californians including housing, food and gas prices.
  • Housing - Reducing the cost of housing and making it easier for people to afford their rent or mortgage.
  • Transportation - Easing traffic and reducing commute times, building and improving roads and highways.



John Cox is a businessman, not a politician. He is the son of a Chicago public school teacher. John’s birth father abandoned the family when John was only three months old. Raising two boys as a single mom was challenging. The family struggled financially, moving to a small apartment in Prairie Shores on Chicago’s South Side. Several years after John’s father left, his mom got remarried to a postal worker. They moved to the suburbs and lived a reasonably comfortable lower-middle-class lifestyle. The Cox family shopped at discount stores, drove Volkswagens, and took one vacation a year.

John’s mom worked at Calumet High School, an almost exclusively African-American high school on Chicago’s South Side. He frequently went with her to school, particularly on his days off and in summer, which she often worked to earn extra pay. John Cox’s parents were union members and Democrats. He naturally grew up to be a Democrat as well. He had a political interest from an early age as a young boy, running around the house in a white shirt and tie reciting lines from the President Kennedy’s inaugural speech.

Cox graduated from H.L. Richards High School and then attended Moraine Valley Community College & University of Illinois Chicago Circle campus working his way through school, like many students today, he lived at home and commuted. Following college, Cox worked, attended, and then graduated from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law.

John worked as a CPA and then built his own business from scratch into a $200 million enterprise with almost 100 employees. He turned around a major food service manufacturing company, restored it to profitability and saved jobs. He is active in charitable organizations and serves as a Board member for the San Diego USO. John also founded an organization that repairs the homes of low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities. Since 1991, that organization has mobilized 20,000 volunteers and repaired over 1,000 homes.

John Cox is running for California Governor to take California back from the special interests that own the politicians in Sacramento. Those special interests and the politicians they bankroll have given us the highest income tax as well as the highest poverty rate in the nation. They have wrecked our once-proud school system, driven small business owners to relocate their business and jobs to other states, and utterly failed to build the water storage facilities we need to manage California’s abundant water supplies.

John has four daughters and lives with his wife Sarah in San Diego where they are active in and attend Nativity Catholic Church.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $16,144,309

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

John H. Cox
Employees of Equity Partners LLC
Global Income Investments and employees
Employees of Thomas Manufacturing LLC
Employees of Horowitz Group

More information about contributions

By State:

California 96.09%
Arizona 0.85%
Illinois 0.60%
Idaho 0.46%
Other 2.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (96.06%)
Small contributions (3.94%)

By Type:

From organizations (10.87%)
From individuals (89.13%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

California has the highest poverty rate in the nation.  Our schools are failing and millions of forgotten Californians cannot afford decent housing.  Millions more must choose between buying a half tank of gas or groceries for their families, this is a choice no one should have to make.  


Millions of Californians are struggling.  They are the forgotten ones falling through the cracks.  Their choices are either working two or three jobs to afford basic housing, groceries, and energy, or moving their families out of California.  As Governor I vow to  to take on the special interests and make life more affordable for all Californians. 

We can build more affordable housing, get help and treatment for our homeless population, build roads and repair the our existing highways and streets, build more water storage and make clean drinking water accessible for everyone, protect our environment and maintain our forests so we reduce fire danger, fulfill our promises to our workers and restore our public schools to the best in the nation.  

We all know someone we love and care about who is thinking about leaving California. I will turn that around and restore the California dream. Help is on the way! 

Candidate Contact Info

San Diego CA 92130
3525 Del Mar Heights Road, #1077
San Diego, CA 92130

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