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Newsom for California Launches First Spot in Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Newsom for California yesterday launched the first spot of the Democratic gubernatorial primary, a 60-second online ad calling for a fresh start for the state. The ad urges a constitutional convention to reform California's government, and will be followed by an online policy "wiki" that incorporates the input of voters and an online organizing drive.

"It's time for a new direction in California. For too long, Californians have been victim to a broken system that leads to stalemate year in and year out," said Mayor Newsom. "It's time for
real reform in Sacramento, reform that will put our state back on the path to opportunity and prosperity. A constitutional convention is the first step toward this larger goal."

The spot, first in a series that will be released over the next two months, will reach more than 500,000 California Democratic primary voters via email, Facebook, and Twitter. The video can be viewed on both GavinNewsom.com/video/special/change_california and YouTube. It will
be followed in the coming days by online, interactive policy discussions on a range of important issues facing the state.

The new spot comes on the heels of former President Clinton’s endorsement of Newsom last week, as well as the endorsements of Congressman Bob Filner (San Diego), former State Senator Sheila Kuehl (Santa Monica), 40 local elected officials and Democratic Party leaders, and more than 4,000 Students for Newsom on more than 50 California campuses.