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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Secretary of State — State of California

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About this office

<p><strong>Head of elections and record keeping:</strong><span>&nbsp;Coordinates statewide elections and oversees election laws. Also keeps records about new corporations and businesses and other state databases.</span></p>
For this office, only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary election advance to the general election. The two candidates may be from the same political party.
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Candidates

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Mark P. Meuser

Republican
Constitutional and Election Law Attorney
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Clean up California's bloated voter rolls. California...
  2. Cancel from the voter rolls those who are not eligible...
  3. Update California's business registration system so...
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Alex Padilla

Democratic
California Secretary of State
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Protecting voting rights
  2. Supporting California jobs and small businesses
  3. Increasing campaign finance transparency
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Republican
Election Law Attorney
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Clean up California's bloated voter rolls. California has 11 counties with over 100% voter registration
  • Cancel from the voter rolls those who are not eligible to vote like those who have passed away, have moved, or are non-citizens
  • Update California's business registration system so it does not take 3 weeks to register a business

Experience

Experience

Profession:Constitutional and Election Law Attorney

Education

Oak Brook College of Law Juris Doctorate with honors, Law (current)

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $264,217

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
TIS Construction Services and employees
$8,300
2
Employees of Rogitz & Associates
$7,300
3
Employees of Bigger & Harman APC
$5,682
4
Herman Rowland
$5,000
5
Sharemycoach.com
$4,999

More information about contributions

By State:

California 92.78%
Washington 2.30%
Oregon 1.12%
Hawaii 0.64%
Other 3.16%
92.78%

By Size:

Large contributions (74.02%)
Small contributions (25.98%)
74.02%25.98%

By Type:

From organizations (14.92%)
From individuals (85.08%)
14.92%85.08%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Candidate Contact Info

Email contact@markmeuser.com
Democratic
Secretary of State
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protecting voting rights
  • Supporting California jobs and small businesses
  • Increasing campaign finance transparency

Experience

Experience

Profession:California Secretary of State
Secretary of State, State of California — Elected position (2015–current)
State Senator, 20th District, California State Senate — Elected position (2006–2014)
City Councilman, 7th District, Los Angeles City Council — Elected position (1999–2006)

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering (1994)

Biography

Alex Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. He is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights.

Padilla previously served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications. As chair, he shepherded legislation to combat climate change and create a greener and more sustainable economy.  He pursued an ambitious agenda in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and broadband deployment.

Padilla's parents emigrated from Mexico and raised their family in the working class community of Pacoima, California.  His father worked as a short order cook and his mother cleaned houses.  Padilla attended local public schools and went on to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees).  Padilla is often asked how he moved from engineering to public service. He explains that in many ways they are similar; the goal of each is solving problems.

After working for Hughes Aircraft in Southern California, Padilla participated in the Coro Fellows Program where he received leadership and public affairs training.  He would later work for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and then-Assemblymember Tony Cardenas.

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $1,353,685

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
AFSCME California
$29,200
1
California Labor Federation
$29,200
1
California Teachers Association
$29,200
1
SEIU California
$29,200
1
SEIU Local 1000
$29,200

More information about contributions

By State:

California 91.88%
District of Columbia 1.29%
New York 1.17%
Illinois 1.12%
Other 4.54%
91.88%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.69%)
Small contributions (0.31%)
99.69%

By Type:

From organizations (79.89%)
From individuals (20.11%)
79.89%20.11%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Candidate Contact Info

Email alex@alex-padilla.com

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