SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

One of the Republican hopefuls for California governor paid a visit to Santa Barbara Tuesday.

Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official announced his run last month.  Kashkari was born in Ohio but has spent the last 15 years in the Golden State.

He started as an Aerospace engineer, worked in finance in Silicon Valley  
and most recently worked in Washington tackling economic issues under President George W. Bush and President Obama. Kashkari's focus is on jobs and education and on re energizing the Republican party.

In an interview with KEYT anchor Shirin Rajaee Kashkari says, "Re-building the Republican party is one of the key things I want to do. I want people to think of the Republican party as the party of hard work. A party where we're fighting for the middle class, fighting for the poor, not with more welfare but with a good education and a good job. So for me bringing all ethnic groups back into the party, bringing independents, moderate Democrats we can unite everyone around good jobs and a good education."

Governor Jerry Brown has not yet declared his intention to run for re-election but has raised $17 million in his campaign account. The primary elections will be in June and the two top vote getters will then go to the general election in November.