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Senator Alex Padilla, seen at a 2011 state Senate hearing, is increasing his television ads in the race for secretary of state. The Los Angeles Democrat stresses his upbringing and features an “Anything Is Possible” slogan.

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    Solidifying the field days before a primary election, Diana Rodriguez-Suruki has ended her campaign for the 9th Assembly District race and has thrown her support to fellow Democrat and Elk Grove City Councilman Jim Cooper. That leaves two Democratic candidates actively vying for a top-two spot in the heavily Democratic district. Cooper faces a challenge from Sacramento City Council member Darrell Fong. Rodriguez-Suruki’s name will remain on the ballot, but she will not campaign for the seat.

    – Jeremy B. White

The Buzz: Down-ticket statewide candidates take to California airwaves

Published: Tuesday, May. 27, 2014 - 10:09 pm

With the June 3 primary election less than a week away, candidates for a pair of lesser-known statewide offices have taken to the TV airwaves for a final push.

The campaigns of state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, who is running for secretary of state, and former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, a candidate for state controller, recently released upbeat ads in their respective contests.

Padilla’s ad, “Anything Is Possible,” highlights his upbringing while not mentioning the secretary of state’s office until almost the very end. The Padilla campaign said the ad is airing in the Los Angeles and San Francisco media markets. The most recent Field Poll suggests that Padilla will clinch one of the two slots next week for the November runoff.

Pérez is in a close race with Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, a fellow Democrat, for the No. 2 spot behind Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a Republican.

Pérez has started running an ad called “Turnaround.” The commercial said Pérez “partnered with Gov. Brown to pass three balanced budgets on time for the first time in 30 years.”

– Jim Miller

Worth repeating

“I hope John Vasconcellos achieved the unity he sought.”

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER TONI ATKINS, San Diego Democrat, eulogizing the former lawmaker, who died Saturday.

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