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Ashley Swearengin for state controller
Ashley Swearengin for state controller

What, you may wonder, does the state controller do? Among other things, he or she serves as the state's fiscal watchdog, keeps track of the checkbook, helps administer the California Public Employees' Retirement System and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, and sits on 81 boards and commissions. The current controller, Democrat John Chiang, has done a solid job during his eight years in the position, but he is now termed out (and is a candidate for the job of state treasurer, the controller's conjoined twin). The June 3 election includes a primary to select Chiang's successor. The leading contenders are Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a Republican;...