Palm Springs Unified school board member Gary Jeandron today officially kicked off his bid for the 42nd Assembly seat.
“In the Assembly, I will continue to work toward improving the business climate in California while ensuring the safety and education of our residents.”
Jeandron, who is Palm Springs’ former police chief, has been laying the groundwork for a campaign for some time.
He already started to create campaign website and had filed initial paperwork with the California Secretary of State.
The 42nd Assembly District — one of two that cover the Coachella Valley — favors Republicans in terms of voter registration.
Two other candidates are also vying for the post: Chris Mann, a Banning Republican who operates a public relations and communications firm, and Chad Mayes, a Yucca Valley Republican who works for San Bernardino County government.
Both of them have previously been elected to municipal government posts.
This will be Jeandron’s third run at a higher office.
In 2008, after Republicans ensured he would have no primary election challengers, Jeandron lost the 80th Assembly race to Democrat V. Manuel Perez. And in 2010, Jeandron unsuccessfully tried to unseat Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit, a fellow Republican.