Jockeying begins for 2014 races

SACRAMENTO -- With most statewide offices filled with first-term incumbents planning to run for reelection, 2014 holds a shortage of job opportunities for aspiring pols.

But in the races that are open -- state controller and secretary of state -- candidates are beginning to jockey for position.

Earlier this month, state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) announced his candidacy for secretary of state. His colleague Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has also announced a bid.

Joining the two Democrats in the race is Pepperdine University’s Pete Peterson, a registered Republican. In a release Monday that did not mention his party affiliation, Peterson announced his candidacy by touting his bipartisan credentials and vowing to fix state government.

“Nationwide, the relationship between government and citizens is fundamentally changing, and California is in desperate need of reform,” he said in a release without offering specific proposals.

In the other open race, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, both Democrats, have indicated that they will run for controller.



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