- Associated Press - Saturday, May 3, 2014

NAME: Derek Cressman

AGE: 46. Born in Seattle, Dec. 12, 1967

PARTY: Democratic

EXPERIENCE: Led Democracy program for Public Interest Research Groups from 1995 to 2006. Served in government watchdog advocacy group Common Cause from 2006 to 2013 including as vice president for state operations in last year

FAMILY: Wife Deniz Tuncer, two daughters

WEBSITE: www.derekcressman.com

PRIORITIES: Hold hearings showcasing elected officials stances on corporate money in politics, improving voter and business registration and creating digital voter guide with campaign finance data and debate archives


Name: David Curtis

AGE: 49. Born in Las Vegas, Aug. 21, 1964

PARTY: Green

EXPERIENCE: Designer for architect firms, Green Party activist since 2000 Ralph Nader presidential campaign

FAMILY: Partner Marnie Glickman, two daughters and a son

WEBSITE: www.votedavidcurtis.org

PRIORITIES: Wants candidate debates and forums to invite all candidates; opposes top-two primary as detrimental to minor party candidates; supports public financing of campaigns


NAME: Alex Padilla

AGE: 41. Born in Los Angeles, March 22, 1973

PARTY: Democratic

EXPERIENCE: State senator representing Los Angeles-area district since 2006, member and president of Los Angeles City Council 2000 to 2006

FAMILY: Wife Angela, two sons

WEBSITE: www.padilla4sofs.com

PRIORITIES: Increasing voter turnout and working with county elections officials; improving business registration; modernizing and enhancing state campaign finance portal


NAME: Pete Peterson

AGE: 47. Born in New York City, Nov. 25, 1966

PARTY: Republican

EXPERIENCE: Executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Participation and Civic Engagement at Pepperdine University since 2010, which evolved from Common Sense California

FAMILY: Wife Gina, one daughter

WEBSITE: www.petesos.com

PRIORITIES: More campaign finance transparency through open data tools; improving business registration; reducing government officials’ roles in ballot initiatives


NAME: Dan Schnur

AGE: 50. Born in Milwaukee, Wis., July 31, 1963

PARTY: No party preference

EXPERIENCE: Director of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California since 2008; chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission in 2010 and 2011; Republican strategist for John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign and spokesman for former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson

FAMILY: Wife Cecile Ablack, adult son and daughter

WEBSITE: www.4schnur.com

PRIORITIES: Advocating for total legislative session fundraising ban and 24-hour contribution disclosure, using position as bully pulpit for good government and ethics reform.

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