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BettyYee2010.jpgBoard of Equalization Member Betty Yee's campaign to become California's top bookkeeper is getting underway.

Yee has long planned to run to succeed state Controller John Chiang when he is termed out in 2014. The former California Department of Finance chief deputy director, who opened a committee to raise cash for the statewide run in 2011, filled the swag bags of delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Committee with a pen and pad promoting her run.

Today, she announced that SG&A Campaigns consultant Parke Skelton will run her campaign. Skelton, who also advises Chiang, said in a statement that the San Francisco native's Northern California base and connections to women and Asian Pacific Islander voters make her a strong candidate for statewide office. Nick Veach, a recent aide on Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin's successful U.S. Senate campaign, will lead fundraising efforts.

Yee could face competition from one of California's best known Democratic politicians. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has more than $2.24 million in campaign cash set aside for a 2014 controller run.

Longtime Lockyer consultant Bill Carrick said the treasurer hasn't made a final decision on whether he'll run, but will continue to prepare for a possible campaign.

"His point of view is he's got a job to do right now," Carrick said. "He's going to do that until we get much, much closer to the election, but he's going to do the early work he needs to do to be ready."

For those keeping track, the 2014 general election is 582 days away.

PHOTO CREDIT: Betty Yee, state Board of Equalization member. Associated Press File



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