By Dan Balz Washington Post Staff Writer
OAKLAND, CALIF. -- Thirty-seven states will hold elections for governor in November, but none will have a more intriguing story line than California. Voters here will decide whether to make the youngest California governor of the 20th century the oldest ever elected in the state's history.
Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. is back -- or almost. He has not formally announced his candidacy for governor, but he is plotting the campaign from a warehouse office in downtown Oakland that is stocked with books, yellowed reports and decades-old documents outlining the problems of California from when he first was governor.
"I know how state government works, how it should work, and I think I can fix it," Brown said in a recent interview.
Brown is seeking a return to the governor's office at one of the most critical times in the modern history of California. The recession has battered the state's economy, forcing new taxes and painful spending cuts that have affected nearly every corner of the public sector.
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