Voters following the campaign in incumbent Democrat Dave Elder's 57th Assembly District are getting a full course in political and social philosophy from two senior-citizen opponents.
Republican Clair E. Barnes, a 68-year-old retired aircraft engineer from Long Beach, sees his campaign as a crusade to "restore biblical morality in government and the schools."
The schools, he says, are dominated now by secular humanism, which he sees as a state-sponsored religion that teaches children "situational ethics" and other "humanist doctrines" at the expense of traditional religious values.
On the government side, Barnes favors lower taxes, less government and swift justice for lawbreakers.
"Since I'm for swift justice, I can't be for (California Chief Justice) Rose Bird," he said.
Max Gundersheimer, a 75-year-old retired printer from Long Beach who is the Peace and Freedom Party candidate, opposes nuclear weapons and capitalism and is in favor of free national medical care and more government low-cost housing programs.