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By Carly Mayberry | Originally Posted on Newsweek

On paper, California recall candidate Larry Elder seems like the perfect candidate for Christian progressives known for championing the oppressed and propping up diverse members of the community.

A Black man born in a blue-collar family, Elder grew up in the Pico-Union and South Central areas of Los Angeles. He graduated from Crenshaw High School, the same school featured in the award-winning 1991 film Boyz N the Hood examining race, relationships and gang violence.

Despite the racial prejudice that existed in the 1970s, Elder went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Brown University and a Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School in 1977. He established himself as a successful radio show host— first on the local KABC in Los Angeles followed by national syndication on ABC Radio Networks and then Salem Media Group.

Through hard work and a no-nonsense approach to the tough issues, Elder has become one of the leading conservative voices in America. Tune into Fox News and viewers are likely to see him guest commentating on any one of their numerous programs. If Elder were to win the recall election, he would be the first Black governor of California.

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