Swearengin, a Republican, would likely face two Democrats -- Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Board of Equalization member Betty Yee -- in the June primary, with the top two heading to the November general. The seat is open because State Controller John Chiang is termed out and running for state treasurer.
The Fresno Bee's John Ellis has more.
PHOTO: Ashley Swearengin responds to questions from other mayors during the United States Conference of Mayors at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2013. MCT/Rod Lamkey Jr.