Olympic champion and Kardashian clan member, Caitlyn Jenner, said on Friday that she has filed paperwork to run for governor of California, in a bid to become the first transgender American to win such a high-profile post.
“I’m in!” the 71-year-old transgender icon and former decathlete said in a statement, adding she will formally launch her campaign presumably as a Republican in the coming weeks.
Jenner, as Olympian Bruce Jenner before her 2015 transition, was married to Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian family whose television show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” has been a two-decade hit.
Bruce’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner was documented by the show’s cameras and helped introduce her to a new generation of supporters.
Jenner is the most high-profile non-politician to run for governor since Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger clinched a shock victory as a Republican in California’s 2003 recall election. He served as governor for more than seven years.
A recall election in the state could be confirmed this month after a petition against current governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, reached the number required to trigger a vote.
Voters would be asked if they want Mr Newsom to stay or another candidate.
Ms Jenner promised that her campaign will be one of “solutions” and provide a “roadmap back to prosperity to turn this state around”.