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California Secretary of State Election

Primary Date:
June 3, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Alex Padilla Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Debra Bowen Democratic Party
Debra Bowen.jpg

California State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Controller, Superintendent, Insurance Commissioner

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The California secretary of state election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Debra Bowen (D) was first elected in 2006 and is ineligible to seek re-election in 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]


General election

Republican Party Pete Peterson - Executive director of Pepperdine University's Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership[4][5]
Democratic Party Alex Padilla Green check mark transparent.png - State Senator District 20[6]

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Roy Allmond[7]
Democratic Party Derek Cressman - Political Reform Activist[8][9]
Democratic Party Jeff Drobman - Software developer[10][11]
Independent No Party Preference, Dan Schnur - Professor, former GOP political strategist[12]
Green Party David Scott Curtis - 2010 Green Party candidate for Governor of Nevada[13]
Democratic Party Leland Yee - Ex-state Senator (Yee remained on the ballot but is no longer an active candidate)


Top-two primary system

Alex Padilla (D) and Leland Yee (D), two state senators who are both running for California Secretary of State, have expressed concerns about ballot access limitations for minor parties under the top-two primary system. Senator Yee opposed the top-two system since it was originally proposed on the ballot, and Senator Padilla said his office is looking into legislative solutions. 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. Michael Feinstein, spokesperson for the California Green Party, said they would welcome any legislation that would seek to address ballot access problems for minor parties.[14][15]

Leland 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 stem 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. [16]

See also

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  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. Pete Peterson for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  5. The Sacramento Bee, "Republican leader of policy institute to run for secretary of state," April 23, 2013
  6. Alex Padilla for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  7. Roy Allmond for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named August15candidates
  9. Derek Cressman for Secretary of State 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 11, 2013
  10. Jeff Drobman for California Secretary of State, "Facebook Timeline," accessed March 28, 2014
  11. California Secretary of State, "Voter Guide: Voluntary Campaign Spending Limits for Candidates for Statewide Elective Office," accessed March 28, 2014 (dead link)
  12. Dan Schnur for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  13. David Curtis for Secretary of State 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 11, 2013
  14., "Padilla, Yee looking at 3rd party ballot access issues," February 20, 2014
  15., "In statewide debut, top-two primary blocks third parties from June ballot," February 14, 2014
  16. The Sacramento Bee, FBI: California Sen. Leland Yee took bribes, trafficked guns, March 27, 2014