Debra Bowen

Secretary of state's disclosure of depression draws support, concern

Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s disclosure that she suffers from severe depression drew an outpouring of support and concern Saturday from other state officials and mental health experts, but also sparked a debate about whether she should serve out the remaining four months of her term.

Bowen told The Times on Friday that she has been sporadically absent from her office because of a “debilitating” depression that has also led her to move from the large home she shares with her husband to a mobile home in a a run-down industrial area on the outskirts of Sacramento.

“It has been 30 years since I have had a depression that has weighed this heavily on me, so I am in new...