California state executive official elections, 2014

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Partisan breakdown
Candidates by office
Key deadlines
State executive organization
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Eight state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of California.

California is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.[1][2][3]

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in California:

In addition to candidate lists and election results, this page includes information about important dates, how the state's executive branch is organized, as well as links to articles about recent news in races across the state.

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds seven of the eight state executive seats in California.

California State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 7 Pending
     Republican Party 0 Pending
     Nonpartisan 1 Pending
Total 8 8

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2014 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor Jerry Brown
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2011 Yes[4][5] Democratic Party Jerry Brown
Republican Party Neel Kashkari
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
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2011 Yes[5] Democratic Party Gavin Newsom
Republican Party Ron Nehring
Secretary of State Debra Bowen
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2007 Term-limited Democratic Party Alex Padilla
Republican Party Pete Peterson
Attorney General Kamala Harris
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2011 Yes[6] Democratic Party Kamala D. Harris
Republican Party Ronald Gold
Treasurer Bill Lockyer
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2007 Term-limited Democratic Party John Chiang
Republican Party Greg Conlon
Controller John Chiang
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2007 Term-limited, running for treasurer[7] Democratic Party Betty Yee
Republican Party Ashley Swearengin
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
2011 Yes Independent Tom Torlakson
Independent Marshall Tuck
Commissioner of Insurance Dave Jones
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2011 Yes[8] Democratic Party Dave Jones
Republican Party Ted Gaines


Governor of California, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Akinyemi Agbede 0.9% 37,024
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Brown Incumbent 54.3% 2,354,769
     Republican Richard Aguirre 0.8% 35,125
     Republican Andrew Blount 2.1% 89,749
     Republican Glenn Champ 1.8% 76,066
     Republican Tim Donnelly 14.8% 643,236
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNeel Kashkari 19.4% 839,767
     Republican Alma Marie Winston 1.1% 46,042
     Green Luis Rodriguez 1.5% 66,872
     Peace and Freedom Cindy L. Sheehan 1.2% 52,707
     Nonpartisan "Bo" Bogdan Ambrozewicz 0.3% 14,929
     Nonpartisan Janel Hyeshia Buycks 0.3% 12,136
     Nonpartisan Rakesh Kumar Christian 0.3% 11,142
     Nonpartisan Joe Leicht 0.2% 9,307
     Nonpartisan Robert Newman 1% 44,120
Total Votes 4,332,991
Election Results California Secretary of State.

Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of California, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Eric Korevaar 5.6% 232,596
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGavin Newsom Incumbent 49.9% 2,082,902
     Republican David Fennell 8.6% 357,242
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Nehring 23.4% 976,128
     Republican George Yang 8% 333,857
     Green Jena Goodman 2.4% 98,338
     Peace and Freedom Amos Johnson 0.9% 39,675
     Americans Elect Alan Reynolds 1.3% 56,027
Total Votes 4,176,765
Election Results California Secretary of State.

Attorney General

Attorney General of California, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKamala Harris Incumbent 53.2% 2,177,480
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Gold 12.3% 504,091
     Republican John Haggerty 8.2% 336,433
     Republican David King 9% 368,190
     Republican Phil Wyman 11.7% 479,468
     Libertarian Jonathan Jaech 2.4% 99,056
     Nonpartisan Orly Taitz 3.2% 130,451
Total Votes 4,095,169
Election Results via California Secretary of State.

Secretary of State

California Secretary of State, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Derek Cressman 7.6% 306,375
     Democratic Jeff Drobman 4.4% 178,521
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlex Padilla 30.2% 1,217,371
     Democratic Leland Yee 9.4% 380,361
     Republican Roy Allmond 6.4% 256,668
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPete Peterson 29.6% 1,194,715
     Green David Curtis 3% 121,618
     Nonpartisan Dan Schnur 9.4% 379,898
Total Votes 4,035,527
Election Results California Secretary of State.


California Treasurer, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Chiang 55% 2,250,098
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Conlon 38.4% 1,571,532
     Green Ellen Brown 6.6% 270,388
Total Votes 4,092,018
Election Results via California Secretary of State.


California Controller, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Tammy D. Blair 5% 200,532
     Democratic John Perez 21.7% 877,714
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetty Yee 21.7% 878,195
     Republican David Evans 21% 850,109
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAshley Swearengin 24.8% 1,001,473
     Green Laura Wells 5.7% 231,352
Total Votes 4,039,375
Election Results via California Secretary of State.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

California Superintendent of Public Instruction, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Lydia Gutierrez 24.5% 931,719
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Torlakson Incumbent 46.5% 1,767,257
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarshall Tuck 28.9% 1,098,441
Total Votes 3,797,417
Election Results via California Secretary of State.

Insurance Commissioner

California Insurance Commissioner, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Jones Incumbent 53.1% 2,106,671
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Gaines 41.6% 1,651,242
     Peace and Freedom Nathalie Hrizi 5.4% 212,991
Total Votes 3,970,904
Election Results California Secretary of State.

The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
February 20 Deadline for candidates to file signatures in lieu of a filing fee
March 7 Candidate filing deadline if paying fee for ballot access
June 3 Primary election
November 4 General election
November 6-December 2 State Canvassing Board meeting to certify election results
January 5, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

State executive organization

Executive officials in California are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges. The following chart details the relationship among different branches of California's state government:

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Ballotpedia reports

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Recent news

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