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Pete Peterson interview: Can political upstart beat the odds to become the next Secretary of State?

Pete Peterson is a Republican candidate for California Secretary of State in 2014.
Pete Peterson is a Republican candidate for California Secretary of State in 2014.
Frank Stoltze

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Pete Peterson is running for California Secretary of State, his first run at political office, and by all accounts he is doing quite well. While Peterson is running as a Republican, he has garnered substantial bipartisan support as well as endorsements from newspapers across the state, including the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

His issue-driven campaign is pushing for increased voter turnout and civic engagement, which seems in line with his previous experience managing a civic engagement organization and leading Pepperdine's Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership. Despite having collected only one-tenth of the funds that his opponent, Alex Padilla, has collected, the race is expected to be competitive.

What obstacles does Peterson face to a potential victory next week? If elected, do you believe he would be able to work well with Democrats in Sacramento? Is Peterson's focus on voter turnout and civic engagement something that appeals to you?


Pete Peterson, Republican candidate for Secretary of State, and executive director of the Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University