California’s budget may be on the mend, but the race for a top state financial office could be one of the year’s most tumultuous election battles.
Two Democrats, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, and a Republican, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, are facing off in what is mostly a three-way primary contest for state controller.
Pérez is an influential politician from Los Angeles; Yee has financial expertise and is from the Bay Area. Swearengin is considered a rising star in a Republican Party starved for competitive candidates.
The controller’s office is being vacated by John Chiang, a Democrat from Torrance who has held the job for eight years and is now running for state treasurer.
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