FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  
June 4, 2014
Contact: Rose Kapolczynski, 213-820-6930

Padilla Places First In Secretary of State's Race
Looks Ahead to the Run-Off Campaign

Los Angeles -- Senator Alex Padilla won the crowded Secretary of State primary, securing more than 30% of the vote and winning 18 counties. Republican Pete Peterson will face Padilla in the November runoff election.

"There’s a clear choice in this election. I’m the only candidate with a record of working across party lines to help businesses create jobs, and the only candidate with a clear commitment to protecting voting rights. As Secretary of State, I will work to engage new voters and make it easier to start a business. I appreciate the voters' faith in me and look forward to an aggressive general election campaign focused on protecting voting rights and creating jobs," said Padilla.

Padilla campaigned vigorously over the past year, pledging to visit each of California's 58 counties to meet with local elections officials and community leaders. Padilla has visited more than 35 counties and his 58 County Tour resumes this month.

"Despite the relentless negative campaign from our opponents and even plastic bag manufacturers, Alex Padilla demonstrated the strength of his record of accomplishment and vision for the future with his primary win.  In the primary, we built a strong grassroots base of support and we are ready for the runoff," said Rose Kapolczynski, Padilla campaign consultant.  "Californians deserve a Secretary of State who will fight for our rights and help put Californians back to work."

Padilla is well-positioned to win in November after his victory in one of the lowest turnout elections in state history.  The November electorate is expected to be younger, more diverse and more progressive than the June primary electorate.

To learn more about Senator Padilla and his campaign for Secretary of State, please visit his website at: www.Alex-Padilla.com or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

State Senator Alex Padilla was first elected to the State Senate in 2006 and represents more than 1.1 million residents in the 20th District, which includes most of the San Fernando Valley in the County of Los Angeles.  Winning a seat on the Los Angeles City Council in 1999, Alex was later elected by his peers as President, becoming the first Latino and youngest member ever to serve as President of the Council.  He graduated from MIT with a Mechanical Engineering degree and now serves on the MIT Board of Trustees.  Alex serves as Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee and is currently President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. He lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife Angela and their two young sons.
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