While a bevy of political hopefuls have jumped into the 2018 races for governor and lieutenant governor, most of California’s other premiere statewide political posts aren’t exactly drawing a crowd.
Aside from governor, California has seven constitutional officers chosen by the statewide electorate — all of which will be on the 2018 ballot.
Two Democratic incumbents, Controller Betty Yee and Secretary of State Alex Padilla, have yet to get challengers. And the state treasurer and insurance commissioner posts, usually catnip to the politically ambitious, have just a single candidate apiece.
To no one’s surprise, there is a dearth of Republican candidates. California voters have pretty much turned their backs on these racist losers. The last time a Republican won a statewide race was over a decade ago.
The June primary election, when the top two finishers advance to a general election, is still 11 months away, so there’s time for other candidates to join the fray. But the sluggish rollout to the 2018 campaign is still surprising given how coveted these posts usually are.
Source: LA Times