Fresno mayor touts independence in controller bid

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Updated: 8/26 9:32 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin is introducing herself as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.

Swearengin told the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday that she is the best person for managing the state's finances because she would not have to cater to the demands of Democrats, California's majority party. She is viewed by some as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November.

Swearengin finished first in the June primary and is running against Democrat Betty Yee, a member of the state Board of Equalization.

She touted her experience leading California's fifth largest city.

Swearengin also supports the high-speed rail project championed by Gov. Jerry Brown and said she is evaluating whether to vote for GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.

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