Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin, who had previously announced a bid for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, launched a new campaign Thursday for state controller with an endorsement from current State Controller Betty Yee, who is leaving the position due to term limits.

“I am pleased to endorse Ron Galperin for state controller,” Yee said. “As Los Angeles controller, Galperin has demanded the kind of accountability, transparency and equity our state needs. Galperin’s experience and accomplishments leading government reform and innovation will help realize a California that works for everyone.”

Galperin told the Los Angeles Daily News that he decided to switch his aims from the county Board of Supervisors to state controller because he saw it as “an opportunity to take my experience and the work that I’ve done and to really do that for the whole of the state of California.”

Galperin has served as Los Angeles’ controller since 2013. Along with serving as the city’s paymaster, he conducts “performance audits” of city departments. In the last year, Galperin has audited and made recommendations on ways to improve the city’s 311 program with a customer-first approach, ways to improve the city’s program for repairing sidewalks, called for further oversight on Los Angeles Fire Department overtime requests at COVID-19 testing sites and more.

Galperin also launched a data portal to help Angelenos keep track of how the city spends tax dollars on goods, services and salaries.

“I am honored to have Controller Betty Yee’s support and excited to jumpstart my campaign for state controller,” Galperin said. “As our state’s next controller, I intend to fight for every Californian and to assure that public dollars are spent transparently, effectively and equitably. I will expand financial literacy for every resident, track every dollar spent and create publicly accessible dashboards, maps and tools to make government accountable.”

The state controller oversees California’s $262 billion budget and payroll for 235,000 state employees. The primary election will be held on June 7, followed by the general election on Nov. 8. Galperin’s opponents include Republican Lanhee Chen and Democrats Malia Cohen and Yvonne Yiu.

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