September 22, 2014
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced his endorsement of Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee for California State Controller.
“California needs a chief fiscal officer with deep finance experience and a track record of solving problems,” states Mayor Garcetti. “Betty Yee has worked to apply her expertise in tax policy to maintain property tax exemptions for affordable housing and to update tax rules to support the green economy and its services, technologies, and products. She understands the burden that income inequality places on all taxpayers, and I look forward to working with Ms. Yee on tax reform and other initiatives that will foster job creation and respond to the income gap.”
“I am honored to have Mayor Garcetti standing with me in my campaign to become California’s next Controller,” responds Board Member Yee. “I applaud The Mayor’s goal of holding city departments accountable publicly, and I intend to do the same as Controller with respect to state agencies and departments. I share the Mayor’s vision of leadership: back to basics by solving every day problems — no hype, no headlines. This is what I believe the public expects. This is what I will join Mayor Garcetti to deliver.”
Betty Yee faces Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin in the November 4th statewide general election.
For more information about Betty Yee’s candidacy, visit www.bettyyee.com.
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August 13, 2014
California Attorney General Kamala Harris today announced her endorsement of Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee for California State Controller. Attorney General Harris is running for re-election this November.
“Betty Yee is one of California’s most knowledgeable and responsible money managers,” states Attorney General Harris. “Her experience crafting balanced budgets and smart tax policy make her well-suited to serve as California’s chief fiscal officer and independent fiscal watchdog. I am proud to endorse Betty Yee for Controller.”
“I am deeply honored to have Attorney General Harris standing with me in my campaign for Controller,” responds Board Member Yee. “Attorney General Harris is an outstanding elected leader whose smart, no-nonsense approach to her work has earned the respect of a diverse array of interests. I look forward to continuing to work with her on combating the underground economy as we work to expand economic opportunities for all.”
The Statewide General Election is on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
For more information about Betty Yee’s candidacy for Controller, visit www.bettyyee.com.
August 6, 2014
Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee today announced the California League of Conservation Voters has endorsed her candidacy to become California’s next Controller.
“California will gain in Betty Yee, a Controller who understands the economic and fiscal impacts of climate change, states David Allgood, CLCV Political Director. “Betty has demonstrated leadership standing up against oil companies as well as working to update our state tax rules to support the green economy and its technologies, services, and products. CLCV wholeheartedly endorses Betty Yee for Controller.”
In response to CLCV’s endorsement, Board Member Yee remarks, “I have had the great privilege of representing the beautiful northern and central California coast on the Board of Equalization, a district where protecting the environment is paramount.” Yee continues, “As Controller, I will put my fiscal and finance experience to work in addressing the urgent effects of climate change before the costs of doing so put funding for other vital public services at risk. I am honored to have CLCV’s support.”
The Statewide General Election is on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
For more information about Betty Yee’s candidacy for Controller, please visit www.bettyyee.com.
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July 28, 2014
California State Controller John Chiang today announced his endorsement of Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee to succeed him in the office of Controller. John Chiang is a candidate for California State Treasurer.
“I am delighted to support Betty Yee, a long-time colleague at the Board of Equalization who has built a reputation of public service based on solving problems and delivering results,” states Chiang. “Betty will be an outstanding Controller, ready to serve and protect taxpayers through continuing the office’s push for greater transparency and fiscal accountability.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of John Chiang, who has worked hard to restore the independent fiscal watchdog function of the Controller’s office,” replies Yee. “I look forward to continuing the track record of Controller Chiang’s administration in calling out wasteful spending and ineffective financial management of public funds.”
The Statewide General Election is November 4, 2014. For more information about Betty Yee’s candidacy, visit www.bettyyee.com.
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July 22, 2014
Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in California, today announced its endorsement of Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee for State Controller.
Hon. Betty Yee is one of four members elected by district on the California Board of Equalization. She has 30 years of dedicated public service, with deep expertise in state and local finance and tax policy.
Yee has been an exceptional champion of fairness and equality for LGBT Californians, especially in advancing tax equality for same-sex couples as a member of the Board of Equalization. She has also served with distinction for many years on the board of directors of Equality California Institute, EQCA’s educational affiliate.
“Betty Yee is one the LGBT community’s greatest advocates – having her as our next State Controller would be a great win for our community and all Californians,” said Rick Zbur, EQCA executive director-elect. “From her dedicated service on the Equality California Institute board to her work to advance tax equality for same-sex couples, Betty has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to civil rights and equality for LGBT Californians.”
The State Controller, in addition to being the chief financial officer for the state, sits on 81 state boards and commissions with jurisdiction over issues that touch the lives of LGBT Californians such as education, housing, and health. Yee would bring a passionate voice to these decision-making bodies on behalf of the LGBT community.
“I’m very proud of my work to advance equality for the LGBT community and I am grateful to have the support and endorsement of Equality California in my campaign for Controller,” said Yee. “I look forward to bringing my extensive finance experience and commitment to equal rights together to ensure that all Californians have the tools to succeed in their lives.”
Yee prevailed as one of two finalists in a close primary election, narrowly beating out Speaker Emeritus of the Assembly John A. Pérez. Yee will face Republican mayor of Fresno Ashley Swearengin in the November general election.
The Equality California Political Action Committee endorses viable candidates running for statewide offices and the state legislature who have a proven track record of supporting equal rights and legal protections for LGBT Californians and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California. For more than a decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully pass 96 pieces of pro-equality legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org
July 19, 2014
Betty Yee, the California Democratic Party-endorsed candidate for Controller, issued the following statement this afternoon:
“I want to thank Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez for doing the right thing in recognizing that the recount was unlikely to reverse the outcome of the June primary election. This allows us to move forward and to be united for the November general election. John A. Perez is an outstanding leader who has played an important role in helping to put California back on sound fiscal footing. He ran a strong and positive campaign and will have a long career of leadership and public service.”
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July 1, 2014
Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee today emerged as the victor of the race for the Democratic nomination for California State Controller.
With all the votes now counted and canvasses completed in all 58 counties, Betty Yee has secured the Democratic nomination for State Controller and will advance to the November general election against Republican Ashley Swearengin.
“I want to thank the voters of California for their trust and support. I look forward to bringing my extensive finance experience into the office of Controller,” Yee said. “I want to congratulate Assembly Speaker Emeritus Perez for his strong and positive campaign and for his leadership in restoring fiscal stability to California. With the campaign now behind us, I call upon all Democrats to unite in the effort to hold this vital position as California’s Chief Financial Officer.”
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April 12, 2014
The Field Poll released their Controller’s race results today. This was the result (likely voters):
The critical numbers, of course, are Betty Yee’s lead over Perez among Democrats and DTS voters. With 37% of the Democratic vote still undecided, Perez would have to beat Yee by more than 20% among the undecided Dem vote to overtake her lead.
The Field Poll shows Betty Yee leading in all areas of the state, among voters over 50, liberals, moderates, and by a whopping 23 to 11 margin among women.
Why is Betty Yee leading?
1) Well known. Betty Yee is as well-known as Speaker Perez. Both are 28% favorable with all voters. John Perez has a slightly higher unfavorable rating.
2) Better occupation designation. Voters understand that the Board of Equalization has something to do with state finances.
3) Gender. It helps to be a woman in a Democratic primary.
What about Leland?
The Field poll was conducted from March 18 through April 5. Leland Yee was arrested on March 28 – right in the middle of the polling. According to the Field poll, the Leland Yee controversy had no impact at all in the Controller’s race. The results were the same before and after the arrest.
Polling comparison to last open Controller’s race.
On April 20, 2006 The Field poll released numbers in the John Chiang / Joe Dunn race for the open Controller’s seat.
Those results (Democrats only) were Chiang 16%, Dunn 15%. A whopping 69% were undecided.
By comparison, the Betty Yee / John Perez race is much more decided with only 37% of Democrats still up in the air. And Betty Yee has an 8% advantage over Perez, compared with Chiang’s statistically insignificant 1% lead.
Chiang won the primary by 7%.
At this point, Betty Yee must be considered a strong favorite to be the Democratic nominee for State Controller after the June 3 primary.
March 6, 2013
Online Extra: Political Notes: East Bay candidates win LGBT support: The Bay Area Reporter – 9/25/14
Fresno County Democrats gather to support Ashley Swearengin opponent Betty Yee: Fresno Bee – 9/19/14
California State Controller candidate to be special guest at Visalia fundraiser : Visalia Times-Dela – 9/10/14
Field Poll: Swearengin trails Yee by 14 percentage points in controller’s race: Insurance News Net – 9/9/14
The math nerd and state controller candidate explains how taxes matter more than you realize. : Monterey County Weekly – 9/4/14
Betty Yee, Ashley Swearengin start gearing up for November showdown for controller: Fresno Bee – 7/26/14
Election 2014: Perez persists in controller’s race recount; Yee gets Democrats’ cash: KPCC – 7/16/14
Perez-Yee election recount may trouble California for months: Breaking Views: Los Angeles Daily News – 7/15/14
No Substitute for Experience: Santa Rosa Press Democrat Says Yee Stands Out for State Controller. 5/22/2014
National Women’s Political Caucus in South Pasadena FEATURES STATE CONTROLLER CANDIDATE – South Pasadena Now 5/22/2014
Our View: Ashley Swearengin and Betty Yee are best picks for controller – The Merced Sun-Star 4/13/2014
Thank you, Sierra Club California, for the honor of your endorsing my campaign for CA State Controller.
SacBee and Fresno Bee give nod to Yee and Swearengin as best choices for Controller.