Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani has announced that she will run for secretary of state in 2014, according to her Facebook page and local news reports.
The Livingston Democrat is serving her third and final term representing the 17th Assembly District, which covers Merced County and parts of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.
"I want to stay in public service. My focus in this next position would be to do what every department and agency needs to do, and that's find ways to do more with less money by streamlining and creating efficiencies," Galgiani told the Stockton Record.
Current Secretary of State Debra Bowen, also a Democrat, will be termed out of office in 2014. Bowen is also a candidate for a vacant congressional seat in Los Angeles County. If she wins, Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint a successor to fill the remainder of her term.
Galgiani has filed paperwork declaring her intention to run for the post, but has yet to open a formal committee to raise cash for a bid, secretary of state records show.
PHOTO CREDIT: Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, casts her vote on the budget cuts portion of the Democratic budget plan during the Assembly floor session, Tuesday Dec. 16, 2008. Brian Baer, Sacramento Bee.