Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn comes to the race for lieutenant governor with a solid grasp of the duties she would face, which include serving on the state Lands Commission, the Ocean Protection Council, the California Commission for Economic Development and the UC Board of Regents. She would clearly hit the ground running in those positions. Her rival in the Democratic primary, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, is a recent convert to the lieutenant governor's race, having ridiculed the position when he was running instead for governor.
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