Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"The intentional killing of another person is wrong and as Governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual. Our death penalty system has been, by all measures, a failure. It has discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, black and brown, or can't afford expensive legal representation. It has provided no public safety benefit or value as a deterrent. It has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. Most of all, the death penalty is absolute. It's irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error."
"Governor Gavin Newsom Orders a Halt to the Death Penalty in California," gov.ca.gov, Mar. 13, 2019
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
40th Governor of California (D), Jan. 2019-present
49th Lieutenant Governor of California, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2019
Mayor, San Francisco, 2004-2011
San Francisco Board of Supervisors, 1997-2004
Founder, PlumpJack Wines, 1992
BS, Political Science, Santa Clara University, 1989