Pete Peterson

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Pete Peterson
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Candidate for
California Secretary of State
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Pete Peterson is a Republican candidate for California Secretary of State in the 2014 elections. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Peterson currently serves as the Executive director of Pepperdine University's Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership.

Elections

2014

See also: California secretary of state election, 2014

Peterson is running for election as California Secretary of State. He secured one of two possible nominations in the June 3 primary.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.

Polls

California Secretary of State
Poll Derek Cressman (D) Alex Padilla (D)Pete Peterson (R)Dan Schnur (NPP)David Scott Curtis (G)Leland Yee (D)OtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Field Poll (with Yee)
March 18-April 5, 2014
3%10%27%4%4%8%1%44%+/-6.5212
The Field Poll (without Yee)
March 18-April 5, 2014
2%17%30%4%5%0%0%41%+/-5.5292
AVERAGES 2.5% 13.5% 28.5% 4% 4.5% 4% 0.5% 42.5% +/-6 252
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Race background

Outgoing California Secretary of State Debra Bowen (D) is is prevented by term limits from running for re-election in 2014. Eight candidates filed for the open seat in the June 3 primary. Democrat Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson received the highest number of primary votes. They will face off in the November 4 general election for the chance to succeed Bowen as California's chief elections official.

Top-two primary

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.[2][3] Green Party candidate David Scott Curtis 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.

Also in the race, Democrat Jeff Drobman and two Republicans, Pete Peterson and Roy Allmond, had not made their stances on the top-two system known as of April 2014.

Candidates excluded from debate

A California non-profit association called the Sacramento Press Club incited the ire of Green Party candidate David Scott Curtis after failing to invite him and two other 2014 secretary of state candidates to participate in an April 23 debate.[4] With seven candidates in the running, the Sacramento Press Club said they wanted to restrict the size of the event by only including "top contenders in a crowded field," whom they determined to be Pete Peterson (R), state Sen. Alex Padilla (D), Dan Schnur (I) and Derek Cressman (D). By the time Curtis learned of his exclusion, back-to-back Field Polls had been released showing Curtis ahead of both Schnur and Cressman, two of these presumed "top contenders." Absent an immediate explanation and/or apology from the Sacramento Press Club, Curtis used social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to broadcast his outrage over what he considered a conspicuous display of political bias by the tax-exempt organization, into which Curtis subsequently filed an IRS investigation request.[5] Amid what a press club representative characterized as Curtis' "tirade of insulting and threatening social media posts" against the organization, the Green Party hopeful questioned what such demonstrable selectivity means for the state of 'journalism,' thus prompting recognition of his snub's contextual significance. At this stage of the primary election season, political media-affiliated individuals and organizations were already cited for their marked presence and potential influence in the secretary of state open seat race. For example, Schnur is known for furnishing the Capitol press, whose members make up a large portion of the Sacramento Press Club, with sound bites and other material. Schnur was one of the two candidates to receive invitations to the debate hosted by the press club despite trailing Curtis in the polls. Joe Mathews, the California editor at Zocalo Public Square, wrote, “Of course, I’m for Dan Schnur for Secretary of State. I’m in the media, and he’s our candidate...He’s the favored candidate of our state’s political media, which feeds us polls and old, bogus narratives about the state.”[4] Meanwhile, Northern California's chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists honored ex-state Sen. and candidate Leland Yee with its Public Official Award shortly before Yee's arrest forced him to exit the race.[4]

Yee Arrest

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. [6]

Despite no longer being in the race, Yee's name remained 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.

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