All candidates for California Controller complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for California Controller—Malia Cohen (D) and Lanhee Chen (R)—completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

The California State Controller is an elected state executive office established by the California Constitution. The controller acts as the state’s accountant and bookkeeper, tracking and controlling disbursement of state funds from the treasury. The controller also administers the Uniform State Payroll System, audits various state and local government programs, and disburses state aid to lower-level governments.

Here are excerpts from the candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?


“I am passionate about issues involving justice and equity. I want to create a fair and transparent financial system in the state that delivers on its promises to building a California where everyone thrives. This means holding corporations accountable for paying their fair share and improving state technological infrastructure to create a system that everyone can use. I have done this throughout my career and will continue to do so as the next Controller.”


“I have a deep passion for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and government accountability. I believe that sunshine is the best disinfectant, and if we give Californians true and full transparency into how their tax dollars are spent, they will demand a more accountable and efficient state government. As Controller, I will put an end to the Sacramento excuses and produce results.”

Click here to read their full responses to this and other questions.

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