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Padilla Faces Peterson In Secretary of State's Race PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 04:18

Democrat state Sen. Alex Padilla speaks to supporters on elections night

In what turned out to be a razor thin race for Secretary of State, Democrat state Sen. Alex Padilla received 30.1 percent of the vote, barely placing first in the race against Republican Pete Peterson, who received 29.6 percent of the vote in the primary June 3. It was also one of the lowest turnouts for an election in California history.

Padilla and Peterson will square off in the November runoff election.

Padilla, addressing his supporters at the Los Angeles County Democrat Party Election Night Party at the Universal City Sheraton and throughout the campaign, stressed his bipartisan abilities.

"There’s a clear choice in this election. I’m the only candidate with a record of working across party lines to help businesses create jobs, and the only candidate with a clear commitment to protecting voting rights. As Secretary of State, I will work to engage new voters and make it easier to start a business. I appreciate the voters' faith in me and look forward to an aggressive general election campaign focused on protecting voting rights and creating jobs," said Padilla.

Padilla is an MIT graduate from the Northeast San Fernando Valley and is endorsed by several statewide politicians including U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Peterson, executive director of Pepperdine's Davenport Institute for Public and Civic Engagement, received the support of the L.A. Times and has been quoted for saying that with winning the position he wants to be the "Chief engagement officer." At Pepperdine, his job has focused on training government officials to get more people engaged and active participants in the political process and decision making.

Peterson has said that he wants to track why businesses are either opening or closing in the state and wants to streamline the Secretary of State's business registration system,

"Despite the relentless negative campaign from our opponents and even plastic bag manufacturers, Alex Padilla demonstrated the strength of his record of accomplishment and vision for the future with his primary win. In the primary, we built a strong grassroots base of support and we are ready for the runoff," said Rose Kapolczynski, Padilla campaign consultant.

"Californians deserve a Secretary of State who will fight for our rights and help put Californians back to work."

In a news release from Padilla's camp following the election, Padilla is "well-positioned to win in November. The news release read:

"The November electorate is expected to be younger, more diverse and more progressive than the June primary electorate."

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