Coalition Organizes to Draft Riverside Sheriff for Governor

A coalition of lawmakers, local officials, community leaders, and law enforcement personnel has launched a formal effort to draft Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco to run for Governor of California in 2026. The coalition was assembled by the Republican Party of Riverside County and is chaired by former State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth.

“We need a strong, capable candidate to run for Governor in 2026 and present a real alternative for California voters,” Hollingsworth said in a news release. “Sheriff Bianco has served Riverside County with the utmost integrity and has always kept our communities safe. In the face of Sacramento's failures on issues like crime and homelessness, Sheriff Bianco's leadership has been an example for other communities to follow across the state.”

Hollingsworth boasted that the Draft Bianco coalition “represents every corner of this state.” The announcement does include a long list of star-studded endorsements, including: 

  • Congressman Ken Calvert
  • Congressman Darrell Issa
  • Senator Scott Wilk
  • Assemblyman Greg Wallis
  • Assemblyman Joe Patterson
  • Assemblyman Devon Mathis
  • Assemblyman Tom Lackey
  • Assemblyman Bill Essayli
  • Assemblywoman Kate Sanchez
  • Assemblywoman Diane Dixon
  • Assemblywoman Laurie Davies
  • Assemblyman Heath Flora
  • Assemblyman Phillip Chen
  • Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (ret.)
  • Alpine County Sheriff Tom Minder
  • Amador County Sheriff Gary Redman
  • Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea
  • Calaveras County Sheriff Rick DiBasilio
  • Colusa County Sheriff Joe Garofalo
  • El Dorado County Sheriff Jeff Leikauf
  • Fresno County Sheriff John Zanoni
  • Glenn County Sheriff Justin Gibbs
  • Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal 
  • Imperial County Sheriff Fred Miramontes
  • Inyo County Sheriff Stephanie Rennie
  • Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood
  • Kings County Sheriff David Robinson
  • Lake County Sheriff Rob Howe
  • Lassen County Sheriff John McGarva
  • Madera County Sheriff Tyson Pogue
  • Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese
  • Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall
  • Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke
  • Modoc County Sheriff Ted Dowdy
  • Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun
  • Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes
  • Plumas County Sheriff Todd Johns
  • Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin
  • San Benito County Sheriff Eric Taylor
  • San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus
  • San Francisco County Sheriff Paul Miyamoto
  • San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow
  • San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson
  • Shasta County Sheriff Michael Johnson
  • Sierra County Sheriff Mike Fisher
  • Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue
  • Solano County Sheriff Tom Ferraro
  • Stanislaus County Sheriff Jeff Dirkse
  • Sutter County Sheriff Brandon Barnes
  • Tehama County Sheriff Dave Kain 
  • Trinity County Sheriff Tim Saxon
  • Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux
  • Ventura County Sheriff Jim Fryhoff
  • Yuba County Sheriff Wendell Anderson

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