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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 [[Democratic|Democrat]] [[Betty Yee]] was named the winner by less than 500 votes out of over 4 million ballots cast, or one-hundredth of one percent.<ref>[http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2014/07/california-controllers-race-among-tightest-in-us-since-2000.html ''Sacramento Bee'', "Capitol Alert: California controller's race among tightest in U.S. since 2000," July 1, 2014]</ref> Any registered California voter can request a recount within five days of the official canvassing deadline, however he or she would have to foot 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."<ref>[http://www.perezforcontroller.com/ ''John Pérez for Controller 2014 Official campaign website'', "Homepage," accessed July 2, 2014]</ref>  Pérez' campaign held a reported $1.8 cash in hand before the primary, short of the $2.7 million estimated cost of a full statewide hand recount.<ref>[http://www.calnewsroom.com/2014/06/28/controller-2014-why-the-cost-of-a-recount-favors-betty-yee/ ''CalNewsroom.com'', "Controller 2014: Why the cost of a recount favors Betty Yee," June 28, 2014]</ref>  
 
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 [[Democratic|Democrat]] [[Betty Yee]] was named the winner by less than 500 votes out of over 4 million ballots cast, or one-hundredth of one percent.<ref>[http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2014/07/california-controllers-race-among-tightest-in-us-since-2000.html ''Sacramento Bee'', "Capitol Alert: California controller's race among tightest in U.S. since 2000," July 1, 2014]</ref> Any registered California voter can request a recount within five days of the official canvassing deadline, however he or she would have to foot 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."<ref>[http://www.perezforcontroller.com/ ''John Pérez for Controller 2014 Official campaign website'', "Homepage," accessed July 2, 2014]</ref>  Pérez' campaign held a reported $1.8 cash in hand before the primary, short of the $2.7 million estimated cost of a full statewide hand recount.<ref>[http://www.calnewsroom.com/2014/06/28/controller-2014-why-the-cost-of-a-recount-favors-betty-yee/ ''CalNewsroom.com'', "Controller 2014: Why the cost of a recount favors Betty Yee," June 28, 2014]</ref>  
  
On July 6, Pérez ordered a recount to take place in 15 counties, including the populous Los Angeles County. A Los Angeles County alone could cost his campaign upward of $1 million, but Pérez hopes his home turf advantage will sway the vote in his favor and thereby justify the substantial investment.<ref>[http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-john-Pérez-recount-controller-betty-yee-20140706-story.html ''The Los Angeles Times'', "John Pérez calls for recount in tight race for state controller," July 6, 2014]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-john-Pérez-recount-controller-betty-yee-20140706-story.html ''The Los Angeles Times'', "John Pérez calls for recount in tight race for state controller," July 6, 2014]</ref> Recount efforts lasted one week before Perez officially conceded the race for second place to Yee.<ref name=concede>[http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/18/6566924/perez-calls-off-recount.html ''The Sacramento Bee'', "Perez calls off recount in California Controller race," July 18, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Duties===
 
===Duties===

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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

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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 2014 Winner Partisan Switch?
Treasurer Bill Lockyer
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2007 Term-limited Democratic Party John Chiang
Republican Party Greg Conlon
Pending
Controller John Chiang
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2007 Term-limited, running for treasurer[4] Democratic Party Betty Yee
Republican Party Ashley Swearengin
Pending
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
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2011 Yes[5] Independent Tom Torlakson
Independent Marshall Tuck
Pending
Commissioner of Insurance Dave Jones
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2011 Yes[6] Democratic Party Dave Jones
Republican Party Ted Gaines
Pending


Treasurer

Current incumbent

General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary

Primary Election Results

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..."[9] 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

General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary

Primary Election Results

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.


Close contest

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 4 million ballots cast, or one-hundredth of one percent.[17] Any registered California voter can request a recount within five days of the official canvassing deadline, however he or she would have to foot 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."[18] Pérez' campaign held a reported $1.8 cash in hand before the primary, short of the $2.7 million estimated cost of a full statewide hand recount.[19]

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.[20] Recount efforts lasted one week before Perez officially conceded the race for second place to Yee.[21]

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."[22] 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."[22]

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

General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary

Primary Election Results

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.

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.[25]

Commissioner of insurance

Current incumbent

General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary

Primary Election Results

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.

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. Greg Conlon for Treasurer 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 26, 2014
  8. Ellen Brown for Treasurer 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 11, 2014
  9. California Government Code, "Title 2, Division 3, Part 2, Chapter 4, Article 2," accessed June 24, 2011
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 California Secretary of State, "Voter Guide: Voluntary Campaign Spending Limits for Candidates for Statewide Elective Office," accessed March 28, 2014
  11. Betty Yee for Comptroller 2014, "Homepage," accessed September 12, 2013
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Aug15candidates
  13. John Perez for Controller 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 12, 2013
  14. "Capitol Alert," "John A. Perez announces run for state controller in 2014," accessed October 8, 2013.
  15. David Evans for State Controller 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  16. Laura Wells for Controller 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 25, 2013
  17. Sacramento Bee, "Capitol Alert: California controller's race among tightest in U.S. since 2000," July 1, 2014
  18. John Pérez for Controller 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed July 2, 2014
  19. CalNewsroom.com, "Controller 2014: Why the cost of a recount favors Betty Yee," June 28, 2014
  20. The Los Angeles Times, "John Pérez calls for recount in tight race for state controller," July 6, 2014
  21. The Sacramento Bee, "Perez calls off recount in California Controller race," July 18, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 California State Controller's Office, "Responsibilities of the Controller's Office," accessed June 24, 2011
  23. Marshall Tuck for Superintendent of Public Instruction 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  24. Lydia Gutierrez for Superintendent of Public Instruction 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  25. California Education Code, "Title 2, Division 2, Part 20, Chapter 2, Article 2, Sections 33110-33133," accessed June 27, 2011
  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