The 51 year old Sacramento native started the day with a rally at the San Francisco school his father attended as a child. Next stop was the Sacramento elementary school Angelides himself attended in the early 60s.
Before boarding his campaign bus, Angelides told reporters tax increases on the wealthy are needed to balance the budget.
"This governor is asking only from sacrifice from the elderly, poor, blind, and disabled- only group he's proposing to raise taxes on. He's asking students to pay more. And I think it's time for some fairness. And I believe that a governor will only have the moral authority to balance this budget if he asks for shared sacrifice."
Angelides is expected to face State Attorney General Bill Lockyer, and possibly Hollywood producer Rob Reiner for the Democratic nomination.
The ultimate target, Republican incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger, has yet to say whether he will run for re-election next year.