Why down-ballot offices are also important

By Dan Walters

Top-of-the-ballot contests for governor and U.S. senator get most of the media attention—even if there’s little doubt about their outcomes—but California voters will also fill other statewide offices this week, and they are important in a state as large as California.

Those who hold other “constitutional” offices, as they are officially called, have duties that can affect Californians’ lives, albeit some far more than others. And traditionally, these down-ballot positions have been potential steppingstones to the governorship or other high offices.

Gavin Newsom is almost certain, for example, to become the second lieutenant governor in recent decades to win the governorship. Gov. [READ MORE HERE]

Source: OC Register

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