For Immediate Release
Friday, September 26, 2014 Contact: Angela Toft, 626-710-0695
San Francisco Chronicle and U-T San Diego
Join the Impressive List of Newspaper Endorsements for
Pete Peterson for Secretary of State
Los Angeles, CA – The San Francisco Chronicle and U-T San Diego just announced their respective endorsements of civic participation leader Pete Peterson. This latest show of support comes on the heels of last week’s endorsement by the Los Angeles Times.
The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Peterson, a Republican, comes from a think tank at Pepperdine University that is dedicated to getting citizens engaged in public policy and employing technology to improve government’s communication with the public.” They further wrote that Peterson’s “idealism about government and politics can be infectious.” The Chronicle declared, “It would be refreshing to bring in a chief elections officer with credentials and enthusiasm that are perfectly tailored to this job. Peterson is our choice.”
“Pete Peterson, executive director of Pepperdine University’s Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership – is even more impressive,” wrote U-T San Diego. “A Republican but hardly a partisan, he has a well-developed action plan to increase voting, make voting information more available, make the campaign finance system far more transparent and have the state office be a helpful, encouraging partner to new business.” They added, “Peterson would bring lots of energy and fresh thinking to a branch of state government badly in need of such a jolt. We urge voters to give him a chance to shake things up.”
Peterson, who is known as being an “outsider with experience,” responded to the news by saying, “These newspaper endorsements highlight the importance of bringing nonpartisan civic engagement experience to reforming this important office.” He continued, “I plan to make the office of Secretary of State the leader in the fight in making Sacramento more transparent and more responsive to voters and small businesses. And this plan is receiving tremendous bi-partisan support.”
Sacramento has become a merry-go-round for career politicians who use the power of their positions to move up the political ladder instead of improving California’s business climate or achieving better civic engagement. Californians deserve better and Pete Peterson has a plan to transform the Secretary of State’s office into a Chief Engagement office.
About Pete Peterson:
Pete Peterson was the first executive director of the bi-partisan organization, CommonSense California, which in 2010 joined with the Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy to become the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, where he is Executive Director. Peterson also co-created and currently co-facilitates the training seminar, "Public Engagement: The Vital Leadership Skill in Difficult Times," which has helped over 500 public sector officials lead better, more participatory public processes.
Pete has worked around the state consulting with governments from Bell to Vallejo to improve how they engage their residents in policy-making on issues ranging from the budget to water policy. Pete has also consulted with municipal government in the use of online public engagement and data visualization platforms. Pete also teaches a masters’ class at Pepperdine University entitled “Leadership through Public Engagement.”
Peterson is a nationally-recognized trainer, speaker, and adviser on topics relating to increasing civic participation in government decision-making processes and explaining how technology is changing the citizen/government relationship.
Pete lives in Santa Monica with his wife, Gina, and daughter, Elsa.