The first African American to be nominated by a major political party for state constitutional office, Flournoy garnered the Republican nomination for a seat on the State Board of Equalization race and for secretary of state in 1970. He lost a primary for state controller in 1974.
flournoy with wife an Ronald Regan and wife
His upset victory in the 1970 primary over six opponents, including an assemblyman and the widow of the previous secretary of state, was attributed by many to the fact that he shared a surname with Houston Flournoy, the state controller at the time.
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