(Sacramento, CA) -- A former U.S. Treasury Department official wants to be the next governor of California. Neel Kashkari announced Tuesday in Sacramento that he will oppose Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown in the 2014 race. Kashkari says his platform will be jobs and education. He believes California has lost too many companies to other states due to the jobs climate, and he wants to bring those companies back. Kashkari says he also wants to see improvements in California's public school system.
Kashkari has never held elected office. The 40-year-old helped run the taxpayer-funded federal bank bailout during his time with the Treasury Department under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He joins Assemblyman Tim Donnelly as the GOP representatives set to challenge Governor Brown this year.