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State treasurer seeks divorce amid public troubles with wife’s substance abuse

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POSTED July 16, 2012 8:33 p.m.

SACRAMENTO (AP) — State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has filed for divorce from his wife, who resigned her seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors earlier this year after her problems with substance abuse and marital troubles played out publicly.

The 71-year-old treasurer filed Friday in Alameda County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences with Nadia Lockyer, his spokesman, Tom Dresslar, said Monday.

Bill Lockyer is seeking joint custody of the couple's 9-year-old son.

"Lockyer wants two things: Above all, he wants the matter resolved in a way that serves the best interests of his son. Secondly, he wants it handled as privately and as amicably as possible," Dresslar said.

The Associated Press could not immediately contact Nadia Lockyer on Monday.

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, she said the couple agreed to divorce earlier, but the filing was precipitated by an argument last week over family security. She declined to elaborate.

The couple's relationship troubles became public after Nadia Lockyer, 41, claimed in February that she was assaulted in a hotel by a former boyfriend whom she met in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. In April, the once-promising politician resigned her seat in Alameda County after enrolling in an intensive substance abuse program.

Bill Lockyer is among the most influential Democratic politicians in California. He helped his wife, a political unknown, win her seat in 2010 after transferring about $1.5 million from his campaign committee to hers, enabling her to run an aggressive campaign.

In April, an email that appeared to be sent from Nadia Lockyer went to a newspaper, accusing her husband, a former state attorney general, of supplying her with drugs — a claim he denies.

"I simply can't bear this any longer. Goodbye to everyone," the note read. The newspaper, fearing for her safety, called police.

She later told a Bay Area News Group reporter that she never intended to harm herself but had planned to leave town to escape from her former lover. She wrote part of the email, she told the reporter, but claimed the portion accusing her husband had been added by someone else.

Bill Lockyer and Nadia Lockyer, a public interest attorney, married in April 2003.

The couple lives in Hayward, roughly 15 miles southeast of Oakland. Nadia Lockyer told the newspaper she plans to move with her son to Southern California to be closer to her family.

 

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