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As a Bernie supporter, former NPP, and Green Party member, I, Dan Kapelovitz, have the independence to improve California’s politics. I have the experience and qualifications to protect California from Trumpublicans who want to change it for the worse.

Make no mistake: Gavin Newsom could lose this recall! In a bizarre attempt to protect himself, he apparently coerced all arguably qualified Democrats not to take part in the race for who to replace him! I oppose the recall, partly due to Newsom making it so likely that a right-wing Republican will win if he loses. I am also running because I believe I am the only candidate of the broad progressive left who can win and govern effectively.

Never voted Green before? Well, this isn’t a normal election! The progressive left needs to get behind someone to beat the Trumpublicans.

With a longtime progressive activist animal and civil rights lawyer as your choice, we can beat the Trumpers at the polls!

I’m asking that you support me as that candidate. Join me! I need your activist support – and votes from you and your friends! – to make sure that, if Gov. Newsom loses the recall, we won’t elect a Trump Republican! 


California’s political rules let party elites put their obedient preferred choices into runoffs. They make it harder for Greens, progressive Sanders Democrats, and progressive No Party Preference voters to cooperate toward gaining their common interests in elections.

We can finally fix this with a ranked-choice voting system – but both major parties fear and oppose it because it threatens their duopoly of power. As Governor, I will use the office to break this selfish duopoly – this is not just a dream: We can make it happen!

Read more about Ranked Choice Voting , Proportional Representation and Electoral Reform for California in my campaign platform:

Read Issues for more!


As an attorney, Dan Kapelovitz represents two main types of clients: people, largely the poor, often wrongly caught up in the criminal justice system, and animal rights. Now it’s time for Dan to represent interests of all of California’s living beings, as our Governor.  

Vote for Dan Kapelovitz in the upcoming special election for California Governor.

Dan Kapelovitz is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Dan also teaches Criminal Procedure and Evidence at the People’s College of Law.

Dan Kapelovitz earned his law degree from UCLA School of Law, graduating in the top 3% of his class. He was President of UCLA’s the Animal Law Society, and a member of the UCLA Law Review. He volunteered for the Innocence Project (defending Death Row prisoners with claims of actual innocence) and the Prisoner Re-Entry Project. He worked on “special circumstances” murder cases and other criminal matters for the Los Angeles County Public Defender as part of UCLA’s Capital Punishment Clinic.

During law school, Dan externed at the Working People’s Law Center; workeing on criminal law cases, he helped obtain a new trial for a client due to juror misconduct.  He served as a law clerk for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Animal Protection Unit, working on animal abuse and neglect cases.

After graduating law school, Dan was an associate attorney at a large civil law firm, where he was the lead attorney on a successful asylum case, worked on a successful pro bono prisoner civil rights case, and litigated employment, Intellectual Property, entertainment, and other matters.

Dan then clerked for a federal judge for the United States District Court of the Central District of California.  There, Dan gained invaluable knowledge of the behind-the-scenes workings of a judge’s chambers. During his clerkship, Dan completed the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy Program, which allowed him to try criminal cases for the Los Angeles City Attorney.

After trying cases for the City Attorney, Dan began devoting his efforts to help those who have found themselves caught up in the criminal justice system.

Before becoming a lawyer, Dan had a successful career in journalism.  He was the Features Editor of Hustler Magazine, and wrote more than 100 articles for numerous publications, including the LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Bizarre Magazine, Men’s Edge, and more.  At Hustler Magazine, Dan won the Project Censored Award for his reporting on depleted uranium, and was the editorial point man for Larry Flynt’s First Amendment lawsuit against the Pentagon.


The Recall

I oppose the recall because the installation of especially a Trump-suppoting Republican threatens so many good things about the state. But by ensuring that no even arguably qualified Democratic candidate would run to replace him, he has recklessly endangered Californians.  I am running for Governor, in case people do vote for the recall, because I am the progressive candidate most able to win, to govern effectively, and to pursue a strong reform agenda.

My Advisors

One thing that I can do, that perhaps no other viable candidate can do, is to thumb my nose at big-money special interests. I don’t need them to get elected. This means that, at the Cabinet level and below, I can bring in smart people with great values that have no pressure to respond to anything but the public good. We may hear innovative proposals of a kind that we haven’t heard since the “Office of Appropriate Technology in Gov. Jerry’s Brown’s first term – which, because we play such a special role in the leading the world in science, technology, and ethical governance – may have ripple effects well beyond our state and national borders. We should provide leadership.

I know that many “unbought” people are in government, but I look forward to seeing what a completely “unbought” government looks like – and I hope that voters do as well!

Animal Rights

How many leading major party candidates can say this? I’m an animal rights attorney who has successfully represented pro bono (without cost) many of my fellow animal rights activists accused of crimes related to their activism.  Our mistreatment of animals is among our most pressing ethical issues today. During law school, I worked for the Animal Protection Unit of the Los Angeles City Attorney and was president of UCLA Law School’s Animal Law Society.

I support the Green Party’s platform regarding the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which you’ll find at https://www.gp.org/ecological_sustainability/#esEthical, but believe it does not go far enough.  We need to end factory farming.  We need to end cruel animal experimentation.  I also believe in legal personhood – protection of animals’ legitimate interests by advocates (which, no, does not include their own right to vote, but does include protections against torture). A corporation is considered a “person” with some constitutional rights; shouldn’t living animals, capable of suffering and joy, be as well?

Criminal Justice Reform

As a criminal defense attorney, I have seen many aspects of the criminal justice system that need drastic reform. We must end mass incarceration. We need to abolish the death penalty (except for certain incorrigible corporations who are legally deemed “persons”). We must reform the bail system so that innocent people are not coerced to plead guilty to crimes they did not commit just to get out of jail with a time-served sentence – which happens often, every working day, in our criminal courts. We need to end racist gang enhancements. End Three Strikes laws. Stop trying children as adults. Make the jails and prisons safer. Focus on restorative justice and, where possible, rehabilitation.

Covid-19 and Public Health

I truly understand why many people distrust the government – and that it’s largely due to our government’s lack of openness, independence from special interests, and accountability. I value the principles of privacy and bodily autonomy spelled out in Roe vs. Wade and Casey. But those rights are not absolute, and unlike a IUD, a refusal to either receive a vaccination or engage in masking and social distancing endangers many people around us – including rural residents, tweens, the immunocompromised, and those without housing. We need to encourage those who have the trust of voters who don’t want immunizations to tell them about the actual nature of Covid: that the SARS-2 virus causes it, that the physically fit and pure of heart are not immune, that the vaccines have now been tested and in use for a long enough time that they are not to be feared, and that no corporate special interest is going to tell me what to do. But when science-based public health interests dictate measures that we dislike but need, then it will be my responsibility to at least mitigate the effects of another hybrid, or of the eventual failure of vaccines. We may need to do more to build communities to provide for more and better mental health protection, and will surely need to do more to protect teachers and medical and child care workers.

Fire Prevention

Former President Trump kept blaming the Forest Service for California’s wildfires, because they weren’t “raking the forest” or something. This was screwy (most of the wildfires occur outside of the Forest Service’s jurisdiction, and have increasingly been started by lightning or power lines – and I highly support the program to bury them), but there’s the burned out ember of a serious idea here: we need to make our land harder to burn. One way or another, this means we need to reduce the amount of dry brush on our hillsides and elsewhere, without leading to massive erosion from loss of roots. (Who would gather the dried grasses and such, what would be done with it – anything productive? – I’d look forward from learning from scientific and labor advisors.) We should also be attentive to alternative fire control techniques; Native Americans have been arguing that they’d known how to manage grasslands with controlled burns that take into consideration environmental aspects that we currently overlook. I look forward to arranging public discussions of such possibilities to inform our policies.

More Issues

• Climate change/Green New Deal https://howiehawkins.us/ecosocialist-green-new-deal/

• Justice – social, environmental and economic
• Fair Taxation http://cagreens.org/platform/fair-taxation
• Health care and housing as human rights
• Support Medicare For All/Single Payer: As governor, I Dan would sign such a bill. When there is a Republican Governor, the Democrats in the legislature pass single payer bill, but when there is a Democratic Governor, the Democrats in the legislature don’t.
• Stop criminalizing homelessness 

• Universal basic income 

• Workers rights and living wages

• Free lifelong public education
• Criminal Justice Reform – End Mass Incarceration
• Shift resources used to fund the police. See https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/15909630/2020/06/MPD-Charter-Amendment_VII-062420-Final.pdf

• End the Death Penalty: The Green Party has always opposed death penalty.
• Civil Liberties

For more, see the platforms of the Green Party of California www.cagreens.org/platform and the Green Party of the United States www.gp.org/platform

Dan Kapelovitz has devoted his law practice to representing people caught up in the criminal justice system and helping animals. Now it’s time for Dan to represent all Californian creatures, great and small, as California’s next governor.  

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