After many discussions with my family, friends, and supporters, I am excited to announce my candidacy for California Secretary of State. In this election cycle, we significantly increased access to our democracy through online voter registration. As Secretary of State, I want to expand on this success as well as our work on open government and technology. I am looking forward to discussing these issues with the voters of California. Thank you all for your support and encouragement.
As a child psychologist, I am getting a lot of questions today about how to handle today's tragic news with our children. Here is some advice: keep the conversation age appropriate and turn the TV off, especially around young kids. If they are young and don't know about this horrible tragedy, there is no reason to tell them about it. For your kids who know about this and have questions, let them know they are safe and these events are extremely rare. Acknowledge their feelings and emotions, but try not to be too emotional about it yourself. If they don't want to discuss it, that's ok. Give them a few extra hugs.
I am proud to have authored legislation to increase mental health services, improve child development, and limit access to assault weapons, but we can and should do more to prevent acts like yesterday's tragedy, including more services and sensible gun control laws. It is not to early to talk about this; for many it is too late. We must take action.
Thanks everyone for your words of support. My staff and I are hanging in there. We will not be deterred. Further comment tomorrow. Stay safe.