SACRAMENTO -- With most statewide offices filled with first-term incumbents planning to run for reelection, 2014 holds a shortage of job opportunities for aspiring pols.
But in the races that are open -- state controller and secretary of state -- candidates are beginning to jockey for position.
Earlier this month, state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) announced his candidacy for secretary of state. His colleague Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has also announced a bid.
Joining the two Democrats in the race is Pepperdine University's Pete Peterson, a registered Republican. In a release Monday that did not mention his party affiliation, Peterson announced his candidacy by touting his bipartisan credentials and vowing to fix state government.