State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) announced Thursday that he will run for California secretary of state in 2014, joining what looks to be shaping up as a crowded field that includes other current and former lawmakers.
Padilla, 40, was elected to the state Senate in 2006 and must leave the upper house because of term limits next year.
"The strength of our democracy depends on the active involvement of all of our citizens," Padilla said in a statement. "Last November, more than 10 million Californians did not vote. I’m running for secretary of state to change that."
Padilla said his priorities include upgrading the state’s voting systems to use modern technology and making the act of voting more accessible and convenient.