David Curtis (California candidate)
|David Scott Curtis|
|California Secretary of State|
|Birthday||August 21, 1964|
|Place of birth||Las Vegas, Nevada|
Curtis is an artist. He was the owner of Apparatus (Nevada) from 2004-2009, and has worked as a Design Architect with Worth Gardner, Senior Designer for JMA Architectural Studio, Design Director for Paul Steelman, and an Associate with TSA of Nevada an affiliate of the Stubbins associates.
Curtis is running for election to the office of California Secretary of State. He is seeking nomination in the blanket primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014..
Outgoing California Secretary of State Debra Bowen (D) is is prevented by term limits from running for re-election in 2014. Seven candidates filed for the open seat in the June 3 primary. The two candidates who receive the highest number of primary votes will advance to the general election for the chance to succeed Bowen in the position.
One of the key issues of the 2014 secretary of state race has been the signature and filing requirements for minor party candidates under California's top-two primary system. Under new qualifications implemented with the top-two primary system, minor party candidates must collect 10,000 signatures to waive a filing fee equal to two percent of the first year's salary for state offices or one percent for members of Congress. Prior to implementing the top-two system, the number of signatures required to waive that fee was 150, so most minor parties opted to file petitions.
After launching their campaigns for California Secretary of State, California State Senator Alex Padilla (D) and ex-state Sen. Leland Yee, who ultimately had to withdraw from the race after he was arrested in March 2014, expressed concerns about ballot access limitations for minor parties under the top-two primary system. Then-Senator Yee opposed the top-two system since it was originally proposed on the ballot, and Senator Padilla said his office was looking into legislative solutions. Green Party candidate David Scott Curtis has campaigned against the top-two system while independent candidate Dan Schnur, who will be designated "no party preference" on the ballot since California’s Proposition 14 took away candidates' "independent" label option, is in favor of it. Democrat Derek Cressman openly opposes the system but has not focused on the issue during his campaign.
On March 26, 2014, Democratic candidate Leland Yee was arraigned on seven charges of corruption and firearms trafficking. Yee, along with 25 others, was involved in an FBI operation to uncover those suspected of illegal activities involving drugs, guns and arranging murder for hire. If convicted, Yee would face up to 20 years in a federal prison. He was released on a $500,000 unsecured bond. Yee's alleged illegal activities stemmed from his debt acquired in a failed run for San Francisco mayor in 2011 and money raised for the Secretary of State race. Authorities believe Yee accepted money for official actions performed while in office. These actions included urging an agency to accept a software contract from a specific vendor in exchange for $10,000, writing a Senate proclamation to honor the Chee Kung Tong group for $6,800 and introducing a medical marijuana businessman to state legislators working on the issue for $21,000. Unknown to Yee, all of these paying contacts were undercover agents. In other attempts to raise money, Yee allegedly promised to help other undercover agents obtain illegal guns from an international arms dealer. 
Despite no longer being in the race, Yee's name will remain on the primary ballot. This is due to an election rule--scarcely seen outside California--barring candidates from withdrawing their names from the ballot after they file.
|Governor of Nevada, 2010|
|Green||David Scott Curtis||0.6%||4,437|
|Libertarian||Arthur Forrest Lampitt||0.7%||4,672|
|Independent||Aaron Y. Honig||0.4%||3,216|
Comprehensive donor information for Curtis is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Curtis raised a total of $7,921 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.
|David Curtis (California candidate)'s Campaign Contribution History|
|2010||Governor of Nevada||$7,921|
|Grand Total Raised||$7,921|
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|Curtis's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Nevada
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$5,148,390 (Rep)|
|Top 5 contributors||Sherie Pierce||$3,700|
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- California Secretary of State, "CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Candidates & Elected Officials," accessed August 15, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography of David Scott Curtis," accessed September 16, 2013
- David Curtis Secretary of State campaign website, "About," accessed August 15, 2013
- CalNewsroom.com, "Padilla, Yee looking at 3rd party ballot access issues," February 20, 2014
- Calnewsroom.com, "In statewide debut, top-two primary blocks third parties from June ballot," February 14, 2014
- The Sacramento Bee, "FBI: California Sen. Leland Yee took bribes, trafficked guns," March 27, 2014
- SilverState2010, "U.S Senate/Statewide Candidates," accessed November 12, 2010
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for David Scott Curtis," accessed August 15, 2013
- Follow the Money.org