Sen. Leland Yee to run for Secretary of State

Leland Yee at a 20/20 CoffeeSF Mayoral Candidate has worked on election issues

by Brian Leubitz

While this will be a surprise to exactly nobody, Sen. Leland Yee is making it official, he'll be a candidate for the 2014 election for SoS.

State Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat who has made voter access and open government among his main priorities as a lawmaker, will run for secretary of state when he is termed out of the Legislature in two years.  ...

"Given the fact that I am termed out in two years, I looked long and hard at the options available," Yee said. "Given the work I have done on voting, on transparency and on open government accountability, I thought the secretary of state position would be a nice fit for me."(SF Chronicle)

Now putting aside the issue of term limits and legislators constantly looking to find a new seat, Yee will make for a formidable candidate in this race. He has worked on voting issues, and his bill for online registration saw a boom of around a million voters registering via the internet.

With top-two elections, being the first mover is a fairly big advantage. The party will want to avoid a wild primary with lots of solid Democratic candidates so that we don't inadvertently hand an office to the Republicans. Yee certainly has his share of detractors, but with his background on the issues and a pretty strong base in San Francisco, he will be a strong candidate.

UPDATE: Here's his tweet on the subject.

Excited to announce that I'm running for California Secretary of State. I want to expand on our recent election, tech, and open gov success.

— Leland Yee (@LelandYee) November 26, 2012


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