Attorney takes lead in California insurance-commissioner primary

Brian FitzGerald, an attorney working at the California Department of Insurance, is leading state Assemblyman Mike Villines and other candidates for state insurance commissioner in the Republican primary, according to early vote tallies. FitzGerald said he was "in a state of surprise," adding that his victory proves that "an ordinary person without money but with qualifications can run for office."

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