Derek Cressman, Alex Padilla, Peter Peterson, Dan Schnur

State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, second from left, a candidate for secretary of state, responds to a question during a candidates debate in April. Padilla debated fellow Democrat Derek Cressman, left, Republican Pete Peterson, third from left, and Dan Schnur, a USC professor running as an independent, right.
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