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The race for Secretary Of State lost a candidate, but gained renewed attention last month when Senator Leland Yee withdrew after being charged in a criminal conspiracy.

At Wednesday’s Sacramento Press Club debate with several of the other top contenders, there was a new controversy to deal with.

Green Party candidate, David Curtis, was not part of the four person debate despite a recent field poll which shows him to be in third place in the race.

“It took a rather unfortunate incident from a club to get the general public to even hear about me,” Curtis said Wednesday.

The debate included Democratic Senator Alex Padilla, former Common Cause leader Derek Cressman, independent former FPPC head Dan Schnur and Republican Pepperdine University academic Pete Peterson.

“Participating in this event was mission-critical,” Curtis said. “So, frankly, the Sacramento Press Club dropped the ball.”

“It’s certainly not personal about him,” Press Club President Juliet Williams said.  “He didn’t give us an opportunity to respond to him or speak with him before he began lashing out at us, so we didn’t see any need to change our format.”

The poll, which was the first taken since Senator Yee dropped out of the race, showed Peterson with 30 percent support among likely voters, followed by Padilla with 17 percent, and 5 percent for Curtis.

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