AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Strickland, meanwhile, is a GOP loyalist who is unlikely to appeal to anyone but his party hard-liners, particularly since he lacks any practical experience for the job. That’s not who we need in Sacramento. In the Democratic race, we support John Chiang, who represents Los Angeles County on the state Board of Equalization and serves as chairman of the body. The trajectory of Chiang’s career makes a move to the controller’s office a natural progression. He’s not just a politician who needs a job because of term limits, but someone who truly brings expertise to the job. He has even served as a staff attorney for the department. Chiang knows the tax code inside out, and has demonstrated a commitment to serving the public and honoring his fiduciary responsibilities to it. Sen. Joe Dunn from Santa Ana is a good enough legislator, but he’s no detail-oriented numbers-cruncher like Chiang. The race for state controller is the only statewide contest in which each party has competitive primary candidates for an open office. To ensure that the race stays competitive until the November general election, the Daily News is endorsing the candidates in each party who best represent the middle ground and, therefore, can best represent the people of California. In the Republican primary, we encourage voters to choose Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria. While less well-known in Los Angeles than his rival, former Ventura County Assemblyman Tony Strickland, Maldonado is the better candidate for L.A. and the state. Maldonado is a businessman who understands the challenges facing commerce in California, as well as how to manage and maintain a flow of revenue. He’s also a fiscally prudent political moderate who can work with Democrats and, most importantly, get the support of the more moderate members of that party. A Maldonado-Chiang matchup in November would give California voters two solid options to choose between.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!