Looks to “Make California’s democracy more inclusive”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) officially pulled papers for his candidacy for Secretary of State.
“I am honored by the support and encouragement I have received from all over California,” said Yee. “It is time for a Secretary of State who will expand access to the ballot box, make our government more transparent, and strengthen California’s democracy.”
Yee has served in the California State Legislature since 2002, and in that time has passed 181 pieces of legislation, including landmark bills on election reform, open government, and civil rights.
Among his most notable bills was SB 397 in 2011, which significantly expanded voter participation. The legislation enabled Californians to register to vote online, resulting in over 911,145 Californians using the new registration system.
Yee’s campaign is already off to strong start, earning the early endorsements from the California Federation of Teachers, California Faculty Association, University Professional and Technical Employees, and UNITE HERE.
“Senator Yee has continuously been a bold and tireless advocate for our schools, and has always put the best interests of California’s children first,” said Josh Pechthalt, President of the California Federation of Teachers. “We believe he can best continue his good work as Secretary of State, where he will no doubt put into practice the values of inclusivity and accessibility he has fought for throughout his career.”
“I am committed to empowering Californians so that they can guarantee fair elections, expose special interests and prevent corruption, because it’s your California,” said Yee. “This campaign is about every Californian being able to participate in our democracy, and I encourage them to get involved and involve others through LelandYee.com.”