- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin is running for state controller.

The Fresno Bee says (https://bit.ly/1qaTbIR ) the 41-year-old Swearengin, a rising star in the Republican party, filed election paperwork and paid $2,700 in fees this week.

She was first elected mayor in 2008, and easily won re-election in 2012. Before running for public office, Swearengin was CEO of the Regional Jobs Initiative.

She tells the Bee that as controller she wants to help influence California’s business climate and economic development.

Swearengin will likely face Assembly Speaker John Perez and Board of Equalization member Betty Yee in the June primary, and possibly others. Only two will move forward to the general election.



Perez and Yee are both Democrats.

John Chiang, the current controller, is termed out this year and is running for treasurer.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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