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California down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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California Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date:
June 3, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

California State Executive Elections
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Down Ballot
Treasurer, Controller, Superintendent, Insurance Commissioner

Table of contents
Treasurer
Controller
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Commissioner of Insurance
Key deadlines
Recent news
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Four down ballot state executive positions were up for election in the state of California in 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Voters selected two new officeholders for down ballot offices, as Treasurer Bill Lockyer (D) and Comptroller John Chiang (D) did not seek re-election for their current positions. Chiang won election to the treasurer's office, while Lockyer was prevented from running due to term limits. Tom Torlakson won re-election to the nonpartisan office of the California Superintendent of Public Instruction and Dave Jones won another term as state insurance commissioner.

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 blanket primary took place on June 3.

Treasurer

Candidates

General election

Democratic Party John Chiang Green check mark transparent.png - California Controller since 2006
Republican Party Greg Conlon - Former Public Utilities Commissioner[4]

Term-limited

Democratic Party Bill Lockyer - Incumbent

Lost in the primary

Green Party Ellen Brown - Attorney, writer[5]

Results

General election

Treasurer of California, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Chiang 58.8% 4,176,793
     Republican Greg Conlon 41.2% 2,925,895
Total Votes 7,102,688
Election Results via California Secretary of State.

Primary election

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.


Duties

The treasurer is the state's banker, directed to "receive and keep in the vaults of the State Treasury or deposit in banks or credit unions all moneys belonging to the state..."[6] He disburses funds to cover state expenditures based on warrants from the controller's office, approves state bond issuances and manages the state's investments, including state employee pension funds.

Beyond administrative duties, the treasurer chairs 13 state boards and commissions, from the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee. He also sits as a member on 45 additional committees.

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $3,614,855 during the election. This information was last updated on February 5, 2015.[7]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
John Chiang Democratic Party California Treasurer Won $3,535,687
Greg Conlon Republican Party California Treasurer Defeated $62,822
Ellen Brown Green Party California Treasurer Defeated $16,346
Grand Total Raised $3,614,855

Past elections

2010

California Treasurer, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Lockyer Incumbent 56.5% 5,433,222
     Republican Mimi Walters 36.2% 3,479,709
     American Independent Robert Lauten 1.4% 135,931
     Green Charles "Kit" Crittenden 2.4% 231,160
     Libertarian Edward M. Teyssier 2.3% 218,384
     Peace and Freedom Debra L. Reiger 1.3% 125,566
Total Votes 9,623,972
Election Results via California Secretary of State

2006

California Treasurer, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Lockyer 54.4% 4,523,854
     Republican Claude Parrish 37.2% 3,095,615
     American Independent E. Justin Noonan 1.1% 93,281
     Green Mehul M. Thakker 2.4% 201,670
     Libertarian Marian Smithson 4% 334,056
     Peace and Freedom Gerald Sanders 0.9% 71,726
Total Votes 8,320,202
Election Results via California Secretary of State

Controller

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Ashley Swearengin - Mayor of Fresno[8]
Democratic Party Betty Yee Green check mark transparent.png - State Board of Equalization Member and former Deputy State Budget Director[9][10]

Filed for other office

Democratic Party John Chiang - Incumbent

Lost in the primary

Democratic Party John Perez - State Assemblyman[11][12]
Republican Party David Evans (California) - Accountant, 2010 candidate[8][13]
Democratic Party Tammy D. Blair - Administrator[8]
Green Party Laura Wells - 2010 gubernatorial candidate, 2002 controller candidate[14]

Results

General election

California Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBetty Yee 54% 3,810,304
     Republican Ashley Swearengin 46% 3,249,668
Total Votes 7,059,972
Election Results via California Secretary of State.

Primary election

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


Duties

The controller's primary responsibility is to track and control the disbursement of the state of California's money. Besides producing the warrants under which money is released from the state treasury, the controller's office audits personnel and payroll transactions, administers the Uniform State Payroll System for state employees and "determine[s] legality and accuracy of every claim against the State."[15] Before allowing the state's money to be dispersed, the controller's office "determines the legality and accuracy of all claims against the State through the performance of prepayment audits." Beyond his financial responsibilities, the controller's duties contain a public relations element; he is responsible for informing "the public of the State's financial condition," and "financial transactions of city, county and district governments."[15]

The controller's office has several other miscellaneous fiscal duties, including a number related to tax administration; it administers the state's unclaimed property program, the Property Tax Postponement Program and collects the state's estate, inheritance and gift taxes. It also audits the use of gasoline and property taxes.

Race background

Close contest in the primary

In the June 3 primary, Republican Mayor of Fresno Ashley Swearengin secured the first nomination to advance to the general election, but the race for second place was considered too close to call until July 1, when Democrat Betty Yee was named the winner by less than 500 votes out of over four million ballots cast, or one-hundredth of 1 percent.[16] Any registered California voter can request a recount within five days of the official canvassing deadline, however he or she would have to pay the bill. The high cost of a statewide recount works as an effective deterrent to members of the public who might otherwise be compelled to instigate proceedings, leaving the narrowly defeated candidate to make the call. In a statement released after Yee was declared the victor, third-place finisher and fellow Democrat John Pérez said, "Since this is one of closest statewide elections in the history of California, we have an obligation to review and ensure that every vote cast is accurately counted."[17] Pérez's campaign held a reported $1.8 million cash in hand before the primary, short of the $2.7 million estimated cost of a full statewide hand recount.[18]

On July 6, Pérez ordered a recount to take place in 15 counties, including the populous Los Angeles County, where he hoped his home-turf advantage could sway the vote in his favor and thereby justify the substantial $1 million investment of recount funds.[19] Recount efforts lasted one week before Perez officially conceded the race for second place to Yee.[20]

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $3,998,499 during the election. This information was last updated on February 5, 2015.[21]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
Betty Yee Democratic Party California Controller Won $1,865,404
Ashley Swearengin Republican Party California Controller Defeated $1,131,777
John Perez Democratic Party California Controller Defeated $993,498
Laura Wells Green Party California Controller Defeated $7,791
Tammy D. Blair Democratic Party California Controller Defeated $29
David Evans Republican Party California Controller Defeated $0
Grand Total Raised $3,998,499

Past elections

2010

California Controller, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Chiang Incumbent 55.1% 5,325,357
     Republican Tony Strickland 36.1% 3,487,014
     Libertarian Andrew Favor 3% 292,441
     Peace and Freedom Karen Martinez 2.2% 209,638
     Green Ross Frankel 2% 191,282
     American Independent Lawrence Beilz 1.6% 154,145
Total Votes 9,659,877
Election Results via California Secretary of State

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Candidates

General election

Independent Tom Torlakson Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent
Independent Marshall Tuck - Former Charter School System CEO[22]

Lost in the primary

Independent Lydia Gutierrez - Public school teacher[23]

Results

General election

Superintendent of California, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Torlakson Incumbent 52.1% 3,167,212
     Nonpartisan Marshall Tuck 47.9% 2,906,989
Total Votes 6,074,201
Election Results via California Secretary of State.

Primary election

California Superintendent of Public Instruction, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     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
     Nonpartisan Lydia Gutierrez 24.5% 931,719
Total Votes 3,797,417
Election Results via California Secretary of State.


Duties

The superintendent of public instruction is the administrative head of the California Department of Education; he or she executes the policies made by the state Board of Education and oversees the operation of the state's public school system. The superintendent provides local and county school boards with blank teachers certificates, oversees all state education employees, organizes adult education programs, evaluates the performance of public schools and manages departmental facilities and resources, among other duties.[24]

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $4,873,920 during the election. This information was last updated on February 5, 2015.[25]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
Marshall Tuck Independent California Superintendent of Public Instruction Defeated $2,430,179
Tom Torlakson Independent California Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $2,405,921
Lydia Gutierrez Independent California Superintendent of Public Instruction Defeated $37,820
Grand Total Raised $4,873,920

Past elections

2010

California Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Torlakson 54.5% 4,222,946
     Nonpartisan Larry Aceves 44.9% 3,476,243
     Write-In Diane Lenning 0.6% 46,061
Total Votes 7,745,250
Election Results via California Secretary of State

Commissioner of Insurance

Candidates

General election

Democratic Party Dave Jones Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent[26][27]
Republican Party Ted Gaines - State Sen.[28][29]

Lost in the primary

Pink.png Peace and Freedom Party, Nathalie Hrizi - Public school teacher, community activist[30][31]

Results

General election

Insurance Commissioner of California, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Jones Incumbent 57.5% 4,038,165
     Republican Ted Gaines 42.5% 2,981,951
Total Votes 7,020,116
Election Results via California Secretary of State.

Primary election

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.

Duties

The commissioner, as head of the California Department of Insurance, is responsible for regulating the state's insurance industry. The department licenses insurance providers, approves all rate or premium increases, investigates consumer complaints and allegations of fraud, analyzes insurance policy issues, and supervises the financial well-being of insurance companies. The department is also responsible for winding down the operations of bankrupt insurance companies and liquidating their assets. It also publishes a variety of information for consumers, including insurance news, guides and legal info.

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $3,622,847 during the election. This information was last updated on February 5, 2015.[32]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
Dave Jones Democratic Party California Insurance Commissioner Won $3,419,612
Ted Gaines Republican Party California Insurance Commissioner Defeated $199,370
Nathalie Hrizi Peace and Freedom Party California Insurance Commissioner Defeated $3,865
Grand Total Raised $3,622,847

Past elections

2010

California Commissioner of Insurance, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Jones 50.6% 4,765,400
     Republican Mike Villines 37.6% 3,540,626
     Libertarian Richard Bronstein 4% 372,676
     Peace and Freedom Dina Josephine Padilla 3.1% 293,502
     Green William Balderston 2.7% 252,301
     American Independent Clay Pedersen 2.1% 198,374
Total Votes 9,422,879
Election Results via California Secretary of State

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Greg Conlon for Treasurer 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 26, 2014
  5. Ellen Brown for Treasurer 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 11, 2014
  6. California Government Code, "Title 2, Division 3, Part 2, Chapter 4, Article 2," accessed June 24, 2011
  7. Follow the Money, "Overview of California 2014 elections," accessed February 5, 2015
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 California Secretary of State, "Voter Guide: Voluntary Campaign Spending Limits for Candidates for Statewide Elective Office," accessed March 28, 2014 (dead link) (dead link)
  9. Betty Yee for Comptroller 2014, "Homepage," accessed September 12, 2013
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Aug15candidates
  11. John Perez for Controller 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 12, 2013
  12. "Capitol Alert," "John A. Perez announces run for state controller in 2014," accessed October 8, 2013.
  13. David Evans for State Controller 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  14. Laura Wells for Controller 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 25, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 California State Controller's Office, "Responsibilities of the Controller's Office," accessed June 24, 2011
  16. Sacramento Bee, "Capitol Alert: California controller's race among tightest in U.S. since 2000," July 1, 2014
  17. John Pérez for Controller 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed July 2, 2014
  18. CalNewsroom.com, "Controller 2014: Why the cost of a recount favors Betty Yee," June 28, 2014
  19. The Los Angeles Times, "John Pérez calls for recount in tight race for state controller," July 6, 2014 (dead link)
  20. The Sacramento Bee, "Perez calls off recount in California Controller race," July 18, 2014
  21. Follow the Money, "Overview of California 2014 elections," accessed February 5, 2015
  22. Marshall Tuck for Superintendent of Public Instruction 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  23. Lydia Gutierrez for Superintendent of Public Instruction 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  24. California Education Code, "Title 2, Division 2, Part 20, Chapter 2, Article 2, Sections 33110-33133," accessed June 27, 2011
  25. Follow the Money, "Overview of California 2014 elections," accessed February 5, 2015
  26. The Sacramento Bee, "California's insurance commissioner seeks re-election, more power," December 22, 2013
  27. Dave Jones for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  28. The Pine Tree, "Gaines Announces Bid for California Insurance Commissioner," October 3, 2013
  29. Ted Gaines for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  30. Independent Political Report, "Party for Socialism and Liberation: Enough of the Republicans & Democrats… Help put 3 independent candidates on the ballot!," December 28, 2013
  31. Nathalie Hrizi for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  32. Follow the Money, "Overview of California 2014 elections," accessed February 5, 2015