Candidates for California Secretary of State
With the arrest of former secretary of state front-runner Leland Yee on corruption charges, the June primary contest is wide open. Here's a look at the seven remaining candidates in the race.
Occupation: Program technician, secretary of state’s office
Education: A.A., administration of justice, Sacramento City College
History: U.S. Air Force veteran
Occupation: Former vice president of state operations, Common Cause
Education: B.A., political science, Williams College
History: Directed Democracy Program for Public Interest Research Groups. International observer for elections in northern Somalia, 2001.
Photo: Derek Cressman in L.A. in March. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Residence: Lucas Valley, Marin County
Occupation: Designer, Senty Architecture
Education: B.S., architecture, Ohio State University
History: Volunteered on Gary Hart’s presidential campaign.
Photo: David Curtis in L.A. in March. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Jeffrey H. Drobman
Residence: Westlake Village
Occupation: Software developer; operator, Dr. Jeff’s Software
Education: B.S., engineering, UCLA; M.S., PhD, computer science, UCLA
History: Worked in computer industry, including for Advanced Micro Devices, which makes processors and graphics products.
Occupation: State senator
Education: B.S., mechanical engineering, MIT
History: Former president, Los Angeles City Council.
Photo: Alex Padilla in L.A. in March. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Residence: Santa Monica
Occupation: Executive director, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leaderhip, Pepperdine University.
Education: B.A., history, George Washington University; Masters in Public Policy, Pepperdine University.
History: Former public policy fellow, Hoover Institution.
Photo: Pete Peterson in L.A. in March. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, University of Southern California (on leave)
Education: B.A., political science, American University
History: Former chairman, state Fair Political Practices Commission. Former chief spokesman for Republican Gov. Pete Wilson. Worked on 1988 campaign of President George H.W. Bush.
Photo: Dan Schnur in L.A. in March. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Top photo: Candidates at a forum at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles on March 3, 2014. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Sources: Los Angeles Times reporting
Credits: Production by Matt Ballinger