Los Angeles (CNN) - Steve Poizner officially threw his hat into the ring Monday in the race to be California's next governor. The Republican, who is currently the state's insurance commissioner, filed papers in Santa Clara declaring his candidacy.
"I want to deploy a series of smart, common sense, conservative solutions that will get this great state back on track," Poizer said the written statement announcing his candidacy. "My campaign is about cutting taxes across-the-board to bring jobs back to California."
Poizner is running against another former Silicon Valley executive, ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Poizner sold his Internet start-up company SnapTrak to technology and communications behemoth Qualcomm prior to entering politics.
Whitman, who announced her candidacy for governor six months ago, has opened up a substantial lead over Poizner. A Field Poll conducted January 5-17 found Whitman leading Poizner by twenty-eight points, 45% to 17%, with 38% of likely voters in the GOP primary undecided.
Democrat Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown is expected to announce Tuesday that he's also launching a gubernatorial bid. Brown previously served two terms as the state's governor and is now California's attorney general.