California Secretary of State Reveals Battle with Depression

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SACRAMENTO-

In two short weeks, California will be making its major push to get people to the polls with a statewide voter registration drive.

But will its top election official truly be leading the charge?

Secretary of State Debra Bowen first spoke out Friday to the L.A. Times about her absence from her office because of an intense battle with depression.

"I have suffered from depression since I was in college," she said to the Times. "It's something we haven't talked about because there is such a stigma."

In grappling with depression, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Bowen is much like one in ten other American adults.

The difference?

Her responsibility to the golden state voters who chose her to process business filings along with her election duties - something she's been criticized for allowing to stack up untouched.

There's a gated Sacramento trailer park that's become the off-site Secretary of State's office.

Bowen works from the new home she's chosen there as she and her husband divorce.

Bowen was not home when FOX40 visited, and trailer park staff asked us to leave and to just leave her alone.

For those who say Bowen can't possibly be serving the public properly from there, she's said to the Times, "I have been in the office less, but I know this territory.  Work is any place I have a telephone. Just because I'm physically not in the office doesn't mean that I don't know what's going on and that I'm not participating."

And as Forbes magazine reports, some of the 30 million Americans who work from home at least once a week might likely agree.

Bowen has been in office since 2006 and term limits prevent her from running again.

Republican Pete Peterson and Democratic State Senator Alex Padilla are vying to take over her job.