California elections, 2014

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California state elections in 2014 will be the first year in which the top statewide offices will be elected under the nonpartisan blanket primary, pursuant to Proposition 14, which passed with 53% voter approval in June 2010. Under this system, which first went into effect during the 2012 election year, all candidates will appear on the same ballot, regardless of party. In the primary, voters may vote for any candidate, regardless of their party affiliation. The top two finishers, regardless of party, then advance to face each other in the general election in November.

The 2014 elections for statewide offices will also coincide with those for all of California's seats to the House of Representatives, all of the seats of the State Assembly, all even-numbered seats of the State Senate, and statewide ballot propositions.

The primary elections will be held on June 3, and the general election on November 4.


All 53 U.S. Representatives from California will be up for election in 2014, but neither of the state's two U.S. Senate seats.

Constitutional officers[edit]


California Constitutional officers elections, 2014
Primary election — June 3, 2014
Party Votes Percentage Candidates Advancing to general Offices contesting
Democratic 15,280,653 46.97% 15 7 7
Republican 11,611,163 35.69% 19 7 7
Nonpartisan 3,797,417 11.67% 3 2 1
Green 788,568 2.42% 5 0 0
No party preference 592,003 1.82% 9 0 0
Peace and Freedom 305,373 0.94% 3 0 0
Libertarian 99,056 0.30% 1 0 0
Americans Elect 56,072 0.17% 1 0 0
Valid votes 32,530,305
Invalid votes
Totals 100.00% 56 16
Voter turnout
California Constitutional officers elections, 2014
General election — November 4, 2014
Party Votes Percentage Officers +/–
Nonpartisan 1 0
Valid votes
Invalid votes
Totals 100.00% 8
Voter turnout


Incumbent Democratic Governor Jerry Brown is running for re-election to a second consecutive and fourth overall term in office. Although governors are limited to lifetime service of two terms in office, Brown previously served as Governor from 1975 to 1983 and the law only affects terms served after 1990.[1][2][3]

California gubernatorial election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry Brown (incumbent) 2,354,769 54.3%
Republican Neel Kashkari 839,767 19.4%
Republican Tim Donnelly 643,236 14.8%
Republican Andrew Blount 89,749 2.1%
Republican Glenn Champ 76,066 1.8%
Green Luis J. Rodriguez 66,872 1.5%
Peace and Freedom Cindy Sheehan 52,707 1.2%
Republican Alma Marie Winston 46,042 1.1%
No party preference Robert Newman 44,120 1.0%
Democratic Akinyemi Agbede 37,024 0.9%
Republican Richard William Aguirre 35,125 0.8%
No party preference "Bo" Bogdan Ambrozewicz 14,929 0.3%
No party preference Janel Hyeshia Buycks 12,136 0.3%
No party preference Rakesh Kumar Christian 11,142 0.3%
No party preference Joe Leicht 9,307 0.2%
Democratic Karen Jill Bernal (write-in) 17 0.0%
No party preference Nickolas Wildstar (write-in) 17 0.0%
No party preference Jimelle L. Walls (write-in) 3 0.0%
Totals 4,333,028 100.0%
General election
Democratic Jerry Brown (incumbent)  %
Republican Neel Kashkari  %
Totals ' %

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is running for reelection to a second term in office.

California lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gavin Newsom (incumbent) 2,082,902 49.9%
Republican Ron Nehring 976,128 23.4%
Republican David Fennell 357,242 8.6%
Republican George Yang 333,857 8.0%
Democratic Eric Korevaar 232,596 5.6%
Green Jena F. Goodman 98,338 2.4%
Americans Elect Alan Reynolds 56,027 1.3%
Peace and Freedom Amos Johnson 39,675 0.9%
Totals 4,176,765 100.0%
General election
Republican Ron Nehring  %
Democratic Gavin Newsom (incumbent)  %
Totals ' %

Secretary of State[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Debra Bowen is term-limited out of office.

California Secretary of State election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alex Padilla 1,217,371 30.2%
Republican Pete Peterson 1,194,715 29.7%
Democratic Leland Yee (withdrawn) 380,361 9.4%
No party preference Dan Schnur 369,898 9.2%
Democratic Derek Cressman 306,375 7.6%
Republican Roy Allmond 256,668 6.4%
Democratic Jeffrey H. Drobman 178,521 4.4%
Green David Curtis 121,618 3.0%
Totals 4,025,527 100.0%
General election
Democratic Alex Padilla  %
Republican Pete Peterson  %
Totals ' %


Incumbent Democratic State Controller John Chiang is term-limited out of office.

California State Controller election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ashley Swearengin 1,001,473 24.8%
Democratic Betty T. Yee 878,195 21.7%
Democratic John Pérez 877,714 21.7%
Republican David Evans 850,109 21.0%
Green Laura Wells 231,352 5.7%
Democratic Tammy D. Blair 200,532 5.0%
Totals 4,039,375 100.0%
General election
Republican Ashley Swearengin  %
Democratic Betty T. Yee  %
Totals ' %


Incumbent Democratic State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is term-limited out of office.

California State Treasurer election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Chiang 2,250,098 55.0%
Republican Greg Conlon 1,571,532 38.4%
Green Ellen H. Brown 270,388 6.6%
Totals 4,092,018 100.0%
General election
Democratic John Chiang  %
Republican Greg Conlon  %
Totals ' %

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris is running for reelection to a second term in office.

California Attorney General election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kamala Harris (incumbent) 2,177,480 53.2%
Republican Ronald Gold 504,091 12.3%
Republican Phil Wyman 479,498 11.7%
Republican David King 368,190 9.0%
Republican John Haggerty 336,433 8.2%
No party preference Orly Taitz 130,451 3.2%
Libertarian Jonathan Jaech 99,056 2.4%
Totals 4,095,169 100.0%
General election
Republican Ronald Gold  %
Democratic Kamala Harris (incumbent)  %
Totals ' %

Insurance Commissioner[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is running for reelection to a second term in office.

California Insurance Commissioner election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dave Jones (incumbent) 2,106,671 53.1%
Republican Ted Gaines 1,651,242 41.6%
Peace and Freedom Nathalie Hrizi 212,991 5.4%
Totals 3,970,904 100.0%
General election
Republican Ted Gaines  %
Democratic Dave Jones (incumbent)  %
Totals ' %

Superintendent of Public Instruction[edit]

Incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is running for reelection to a second term in office. The office is nonpartisan.

California Superintendent of Public Instruction election, 2014
Candidate Votes Percentage
Tom Torlakson (incumbent) 1,765,257 46.5%
Marshall Tuck 1,098,441 28.9%
Lydia A. Gutiérrez 931,719 24.5%
Total votes 3,797,417 100.0%
Voter turnout  %

Board of Equalization[edit]

Incumbent Board of Equalization members Republican George Runner and Democrat Jerome Horton are running for re-election, while Republican Michelle Park Steel and Democrat Betty T. Yee are term-limited out of office.

California Board of Equalization elections, 2014
Primary election — June 3, 2014
Party Votes Percentage Candidates Advancing to general Seats contesting
Democratic 2,003,631 55.2% 4 4 4
Republican 1,624,246 44.8% 8 4 4
Libertarian 198 0.0% 1 0 0
Peace and Freedom 170 0.0% 2 0 0
Valid votes 3,628,255
Invalid votes
Totals 100.00% 16 8
Voter turnout
California Board of Equalization elections, 2014
General election — November 4, 2014
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Valid votes
Invalid votes
Totals 100.00% 4
Voter turnout

District 1[edit]

California's 1st Board of Equalization district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Runner (incumbent) 608,637 59.8%
Democratic Chris Parker 408,343 40.2%
Totals 1,016,980 100.0%
General election
Democratic Chris Parker  %
Republican George Runner (incumbent)  %
Totals ' %

District 2[edit]

California's 2nd Board of Equalization district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Fiona Ma 876,378 68.9%
Republican James E. Theis 396,241 31.1%
Totals 1,272,619 100.0%
General election
Democratic Fiona Ma  %
Republican James E. Theis  %
Totals ' %

District 3[edit]

California's 3rd Board of Equalization district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerome Horton (incumbent) 402,244 99.5%
Republican G. Rich Marshall (write-in) 1,849 0.5%
Libertarian Jose E. Castaneda (write-in) 198 0.0%
Peace and Freedom Eric S. Moren (write-in) 134 0.0%
Peace and Freedom Jan B. Tucker (write-in) 36 0.0%
Totals 404,461 100.0%
General election
Democratic Jerome Horton (incumbent)  %
Republican G. Rich Marshall (write-in)  %
Totals ' %

District 4[edit]

California's 4th Board of Equalization district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Diane Harkey 324,642 34.8%
Democratic Nader Shahatit 316,666 33.9%
Republican John F. Kelly 101,836 10.9%
Republican Van Tran 84,162 9.0%
Republican Shirley Horton 74,794 8.0%
Republican Lewis Da Silva 32,094 3.4%
Totals 934,194 100.0%
General election
Republican Diane Harkey  %
Democratic Nader Shahatit  %
Totals ' %

State legislature[edit]

State Senate[edit]

Voters in the 20 even-numbered districts of the California State Senate will elect their representatives.

State Assembly[edit]

Voters in all 80 of California's state assembly districts will elect their representatives.

Statewide ballot propositions[edit]

June primary election[edit]

The following propositions were on the June ballot:

  • Proposition 41 - Passed[4]
    The Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act Of 2014 is a legislatively referred statute that authorizes $600 million in bonds for affordable multifamily housing for veterans and their families.[5] Supporters argued that this would fund such housing for low income and homeless veterans, while opponents were concerned that it would divert funds from the bonds previously approved under Proposition 12 on 2008 to assist veterans in general who are purchasing properties.[6]
  • Proposition 42 - Passed[7]
    This initiative constitutional amendment requires local governments to comply with laws that provide public access to their body meetings and records of government officials. It also eliminates the reimbursement for the costs of such compliance.[8] Supporters argued for the need for such open public access, while opponents disagreed with provisions that would impose the costs of compliance upon the local governments involved instead of the state.[9]

November general election[edit]

The following propositions have qualified for the November ballot:

  • Proposition 43
    The Safe, Clean, and Reliable Water Supply Act of 2012 is a legislatively referred statute that would authorize an $11.1 billion bond to upgrade California's water system. This was originally going to be on the November 2010 ballot, but the California Legislature postponed the vote until now.[10]
  • Proposition 44
    This legislative constitutional amendment will make several changes relating to state's reserve policy. It will, among others, establish a replacement version of the Budget Stabilization Account (first enacted per Proposition 58 in 2004), in which it will annually receive 1.5% of the estimated amount of General Fund revenues for each respective fiscal year. The Act will also create another reserve fund for public schools funding (as mandated per Proposition 98 in 1988) called the Public School System Stabilization Account.[10]
  • Proposition 45
    Under this initiative, any health insurance rate change will need to be approved by the state's Insurance Commissioner before it can take effect. Any health insurer requesting such approval will need to provide information to justify their rate changes. The measure also provides procedures for public notice, disclosure, hearing, and subsequent judicial review for this approval process.[10]
  • Proposition 46
    This initiative will require the regular drug and alcohol testing of doctors. Administration of this will be given to the California Medical Board. Doctors will also be required to report any other doctor suspected of being under the influence while on duty. In addition, doctors will be required to check the state's CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System) prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances to patients. Furthermore, the $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical negligence lawsuits will be increased to account for inflation.[10]
  • Proposition 47
    This initiative will downgrade the sentencing classification, from felonies to misdemeanors, for the crimes of petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks when the value or amount involved is $950 or less. However, a person who has a previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation or is a registered sex offender will still get a felony sentence. In addition, people currently serving felony sentences for these crimes will be re-sentenced unless a court determines that they are an unreasonable public safety risk. The resulting net savings in the state's criminal justice system will then be applied to a new "Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund" for mental health and drug treatment programs, K-12 schools, and crime victims.[10]
  • Proposition 48
    This is a referendum on Assembly Bill 277. Passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in July 2013, it ratified gaming compacts with the Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe.[10] The two tribes were also given exemptions to the California Environmental Quality Act "in deference to tribal sovereignty".[11]
  • Proposition 49
    Put on the ballot by the state legislature, this measure is a non-binding advisory question presented to voters, asking if the U.S. Congress should propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In that case, the Court ruled that the government is prohibited from restricting campaign contributions and other political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor unions.[12] This proposition alone has no binding legal effect, and it will only be submitted to Congress as a formal request; under Article Five of the U.S. Constitution, the process for amending the Constitution can only be initiated by either Congress or a national convention assembled at the request of the legislatures of at least two-thirds (at present 34) of the states.

Local races[edit]

Local races included:

  • The San Jose mayoral election will determine the successor to incumbent Democratic Mayor Chuck Reed, who is term-limited out of office. A primary election was held on June 3. As no candidate received a majority of the vote, a runoff election will be held between the top two vote-getters, Dave Cortese and Sam Liccardo, on November 4.[15]


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