Betty Yee rolls out campaign team for controller

Rep. Mike Honda and challenger Ro Khanna aren’t the only ones getting an early start on their campaign rollouts: Board of Equalization member Betty Yee this week announced her campaign team for her 2014 bid for state controller – but she, too, might have some heavy-hitting fellow Democrats to contend with.

Betty YeeYee said Parke Skelton of SG&A Campaigns in Pasadena will be her lead consultant. That firm helped Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Secretary of State Debra Bowen and current Controller John Chiang win their races.

And Nick Veach, a Long Beach native who recently worked on U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s campaign, will serve as the campaign’s finance and fundraising director. “Nick brings tremendous energy to my campaign after helping to elect the nation’s first openly gay member to the United States Senate in an upset victory,” Yee said in a news release.

Yee was elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Earlier, she served as the state Finance Department’s chief deputy director for budget, where she led the development of the Governor’s Budget, negotiations with the Legislature and key budget stakeholders, and fiscal analysis of legislation on behalf of the administration. Earlier yet, she senior staff positions on several fiscal and policy committees in both houses of the Legislature.

She won’t be the only Democrat seeking the controller’s office next year. Other Democrats who’ve filed statements of intention to run include state Sen. Ron Calderon, former state Sen. Dean Florez and former Assemblyman Dario Frommer, as well as state Treasurer Bill Lockyer – a presumptive favorite, given his long record and fundraising prowess. I have it on good authority that at least one or two of the former lawmakers won’t get into the race if Lockyer does, but Yee obviously is going for the gusto one way or the other.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR senile columnist

    Watch out, Ms Yee! RoK could change his focus and run for controller.