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Revision as of 09:54, 8 October 2013


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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
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
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 are up for election in the state of California in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.

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]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Treasurer Bill Lockyer
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2007 Term-limited Democratic Party John Chiang
Republican Party Greg Conlon
Democratic Party John Chiang No
Controller John Chiang
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2007 Term-limited, running for treasurer[4] Democratic Party Betty Yee
Republican Party Ashley Swearengin
Democratic Party Betty Yee No
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
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2011 Yes[5] Independent Tom Torlakson
Independent Marshall Tuck
Independent Tom Torlakson No
Commissioner of Insurance Dave Jones
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2011 Yes[6] Democratic Party Dave Jones
Republican Party Ted Gaines
Democratic Party Dave Jones No


Treasurer

Current incumbent

Potential Democratic candidates

Potential Republican candidates

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..."[8] 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 his 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 sits as a member on 45 additional committees.

Controller

Current incumbent

Potential Democratic candidates

Potential Republican candidates

  • Republican Party David W. Evans - Filed Statement of Intention to run[7]

Potential Green Party candidates

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."[10] 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."[10]

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.

Superintendent of public instruction

Current incumbent

Potential candidates

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.[12]

Commissioner of insurance

Current incumbent

Potential Democratic candidates

Potential Republican candidates

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.

See also

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. John Chiang for State Treasurer 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 12, 2013
  5. California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
  6. The Sacramento Bee, "California's insurance commissioner seeks re-election, more power," December 22, 2013
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 California Secretary of State, "CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Candidates & Elected Officials," accessed August 15, 2013
  8. California Government Code, "Title 2, Division 3, Part 2, Chapter 4, Article 2," accessed June 24, 2011.
  9. Betty Yee for Comptroller 2014, "Homepage," accessed September 12, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 California State Controller's Office, "Responsibilities of the Controller's Office," accessed June 24, 2011.
  11. California Secretary of State, "CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Candidates & Elected Officials," accessed August 15, 2013
  12. California Education Code, "Title 2, Division 2, Part 20, Chapter 2, Article 2, Sections 33110-33133," accessed June 27, 2011.
  13. 13.0 13.1 California Secretary of Education, "CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Candidates & Elected Officials," accessed August 15, 2013
  14. The Pine Tree, "Gaines Announces Bid for California Insurance Commissioner," October 3, 2013