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John Cox, Trump's choice for Calif. governor, was once on mission to remake Legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - John Cox's campaign to be California's next governor follows an unsurprising formula for a Republican running in 2018: one part anti-tax warrior and another part Trump-inspired hard-liner on immigration.

But when he started his campaign in March 2017, he offered a more unorthodox pitch. His campaign launch centered on an idea to revamp the state Legislature and add thousands more local representatives in order to squelch the influence of moneyed interests in politics.

"I have a plan to make legislative districts small enough that anyone can run - and they won't need special interest money to do it," Cox said in his announcement video.

In the run-up to the June primary election, Cox's "neighborhood Legislature" idea has largely disappeared from his stump speech.

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