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Assembly Speaker announces run for state controller in 2014

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Assembly Speaker John Pérez announced Wednesday he will run for state controller next year when he is termed out of his current job.

The announcement came as Pérez fielded audience questions at his Town Hall Los Angeles talk at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown.

“I’m faced with the reality that I’m term-limited next year and really struggled with what I would do," Pérez said. "In the last two days I’ve made a decision. This afternoon I will be announcing that I will be running for controller."

Since 2008, Perez has represented the 46th Assembly District, which includes Boyle Heights, Maywood and Huntington Park.

Another name that has come up as a possible candidate for state controller is Wendy Greuel. She was the City of Los Angeles' controller for four years before running for mayor. In a July interview with KPCC, Greuel said her supporters have talked to her about running for the statewide office or the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

State Board of Equalization member Betty Yee has already announced her candidacy for controller. The controller is the state’s financial watchdog, overseeing $100 billion in disbursements.  

Another official from Los Angeles is seeking statewide office next year. State Sen. Alex Padilla is running for secretary of state.

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