Termed-out Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, confirmed Wednesday he will run for state controller next year.
“California has made great strides in its path to recovery, but our work is far from complete,” Perez said. “I’m running for controller to ensure our government reflects the values of the people of California and increases prosperity, by managing our finances smartly, efficiently and effectively.”
Perez is the first openly gay person to be elected Assembly Speaker in California, or to an equivalent post nationally.
State Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, also a Democrat, is also running for state controller.
The primary election is scheduled for June 3.