State Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, pulled nomination papers from the California Secretary of State’s Office on Friday in preparing a bid for state controller this fall, according to aide Joe Justin.

Strickland now must obtain 65 valid nomination signatures and file by Aug. 6 to run in the Nov. 2 general election.

Strickland was elected to the state Senate in 2008 and represents District 19, which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

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