Four races to watch in California's June 3 primary electionLoading
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    Governor
    Gov. Jerry Brown's high public approval rating, coupled with the Democratic-leaning makeup of California's electorate, virtually guarantees that Brown will finish first in the June primary election.
    The jockeying is for second place. From a small field of Republicans bidding to unseat Brown, only one will advance to the Nov. 4 runoff election. Who that is will speak volumes about the party’s ideological direction. – David Siders
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
  • Governor
    Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount, still on the ballot, has dropped out of the race.
    Will Alexander | Orange County Register
  • Governor
    The GOP field also includes Glenn Champ, a registered sex offender who describes himself as 'a new breed of Christian soldier.'
  • Governor
    The frontrunner for most of the year, Tim Donnelly, is a state assemblyman from Twin Peaks and a tea party favorite. Donnelly has rallied the party's base and earned the endorsement of the conservative California Republican Assembly.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Neel Kashkari  announces he is running as a GOP candidate for governor at a business luncheon
    Governor
    The best-funded candidate is Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official whose social views - he supports same-sex marriage - are more moderate. Kashkari has the support of prominent Republican politicians, including former Gov. Pete Wilson and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
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    Secretary of State
    Debra Bowen's impending departure as secretary of state marks the first time since 2002 that no incumbent is running for California's top elections post. Several candidates are dogged by ethics controversies. The leading candidates have touted goals to reduce the role of money in the political process. In addition, they have pledged to modernize the secretary of state's campaign-finance reporting website known as Cal-Access and business-filing system. Candidates also say they will encourage more people to register to vote. California has at least 6.4 million residents eligible to vote who are not registered. - Jim Miller
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • RB Leland Yee
    Secretary of State
    Eight candidates are on the ballot. But one of those, indicted state Sen. Leland Yee, ended his candidacy within days of his March 26 arrest on corruption and conspiracy charges. The corruption cases against Yee and state Sen. Ron Calderon, as well as the conviction of state Sen. Rod Wright on charges that he lied about where he lived when he ran for office in 2008, have injected political ethics into the secretary of state's race more than any contest on the June ballot.
    Randall Benton | RBenton@sacbee.com
  • Senator Ron Calderon speaks to the media outside Senate chambers on Monday June 10, 2013, at the State Capitol.
    Secretary of State
    State Sen. Ron Calderon is facing federal charges including alleged bribe-taking.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • State Senator Voter Fraud
    Secretary of State
    State Sen. Rod Wright was convicted on charges that he lied about where he lived when he ran for office in 2008.
    Rich Pedroncelli | ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • Secretary of State
    Candidates actively campaigning for the job include Republican Pete Peterson, director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University.
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    Secretary of State
    State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Secretary of State Elections
    Secretary of State
    Independent Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California.
    Rich Pedroncelli | AP
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    US Congressional District 7
    Nearly all incumbent congressional candidates win re-election. If there is a time to knock them off their perch, it's immediately after they've served their first term. That's the calculation contemplated by Republicans Igor Birman, Elizabeth Emken and Doug Ose in their challenge of Rep. Ami Bera. The Elk Grove Democrat won the suburban Sacramento County seat in 2012 in a rematch with Dan Lungren. The 7th District – including Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights and Folsom – has been on the national chessboard since it was redrawn to comprise a nearly even number of Democratic and Republican voters. – Christopher Cadelago
    J.M. EDDINS, JR. | MCT
  • US Congressional District 7
    Republican Igor Birman is on leave as an aide to Rep. Tom McClintock. Birman, who has support from tea party organizations and gun owners groups,characterizes Ose's voting record on taxes, spending and immigration as too moderate for area voters.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • US Congressional District 7
    Republican Doug Ose served three terms representing the former 3rd district. He trumpets his votes to slash taxes and spending and promises to repeal and replace the new health care law.
    Renee C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Emken
    US Congressional District 7
    Republican Elizabeth Emken, who moved with her family to Fair Oaks from Danville to run for the seat, is a veteran autism advocate who says she wants to fight in Washington for families and children.
    Brian Baer | sabeephotos@sacbee.com
  • Sacramento County District Attorney
    Jan Scully had some nominal opposition four years ago, but it's been 20 years since Sacramento has had a real contest in the race for district attorney. Such is not the case this year. Scully is set to leave the office she won in 1994. - Andy Furillo
    unknown Sacramento County District Attorney's Office | courtesy
  • Sacramento County District Attorney
    Scully has endorsed an inside candidate to replace her in Deputy District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, 50, a career prosecutor with nearly a quarter-century of experience. In Sacramento, Schubert has worked homicides, supervised the child abuse and sexual assault unit and made a national name for herself as a DNA expert.
    courtesy Anne Marie Schubert
  • RB Maggy Krell
    Sacramento County District Attorney
    State Deputy Attorney General Maggy Krell, 35, is presenting Schubert with her stiffest challenge. Krell has raised more than $280,000 to finance her campaign. She has promised to search for alternatives to the "incarceration-first" approach she says has marked the Scully years and would continue with Schubert.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
  • Sacramento District Attorney
    Todd Leras, 50, is the third candidate in the race, the only one who has worked as a public defender and a county and federal prosecutor as well as in private practice.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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