The spotlight is shining on other Republican candidates, but that has not stopped two Palos Verdes Peninsula lawyers, Robert Welbourn and Don Davis, from quietly waging their own campaigns in the 42nd Congressional District.
While attention has been focused on the four leading contenders in the Republican race to fill the seat being given up by Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-Long Beach), long-shot candidates Welbourn and Davis have continued to press their prospects.
Their campaign signs can be found at intersections from Torrance to Huntington Beach, alongside those of Orange County Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder, former Cal State Long Beach President Stephen Horn, ex-White House advance man Andrew J. Littlefair and former presidential speech writer Dana Rohrabacher.
Although they have raised and spent less money than their more prominent rivals, Welbourn has sent two mailers to voters and Davis plans a last-minute newspaper advertising campaign before Tuesday's primary.
Rounding out the eight-way Republican field are two candidates who are even darker horses: Torrance aerospace scientist Tom Bauer and Huntington Beach carpenter Jeffrey R. Burns, neither of whom has raised more than $5,000, sent any mailers or been able to wage a visible campaign.
Here are the profiles of the four long-shot candidates in the Republican race:
Welbourn, 50, a former mayor and councilman in Palos Verdes Estates, is making his second bid for Congress, after having lost another crowded Republican primary contest in 1976.
A South Bay lawyer for 27 years, Welbourn tells audiences that along with Wieder he is the only candidate who has held elective office.
One of the more moderate Republicans in the race, Welbourn parts company with Littlefair and Rohrabacher, the two former aides to President Reagan.
"I'm not a Reagan clone," he told Republican women in Torrance. "I'm my own person."
Welbourn expresses concern about the amount of foreign investment taking place in the district, which includes the Los Angeles-Long Beach harbor, the largest port complex on the West Coast. He noted that the Japanese are playing a leading role in construction of the high-rise World Trade Center in Long Beach and purchase of office buildings in downtown Los Angeles.
"Ultimately, we're going to have to say to these people that we're not going to allow you to do this unless you allow American ownership" in projects in this country, Welbourn said in an interview. If it continues unchecked, he added, "I think we are going to lose control of our own destiny."
The World Trade Center in Long Beach is being developed by a partnership between Long Beach-based IDM Corp. and Kajima International, one of Japan's largest real estate development firms. The land is owned by the Port of Long Beach, which is leasing it to the partnership.
Welbourn said he favors free trade, but said that the United States must get tough with its trading partners and demand fair trade, including access to foreign markets and opportunities to bid on foreign construction projects.
"If the Japanese are going to be permitted to come in and invest, if the British, the Netherlands, the Saudis are going to be able to do it, we must be able to do it," he said.
Welbourn suggests that a regional office of the Export-Import Bank be opened in Long Beach to help small businesses with exports.
On environmental issues, Welbourn is opposed to offshore oil drilling except in extreme national emergencies. He favors imposing a tax on imported oil to cut the nation's trade deficit and to promote domestic production. He objects to using federal funds to develop the Bolsa Chica wetlands in Huntington Beach.
A former deputy district attorney and vice chairman of the Los Angeles County Judicial Procedures Commission, Welbourn would take a hard line against drug smugglers, including the death penalty for international drug traffickers. He favors a combined local, state and federal attack to stop drugs from moving through the harbor.
And he is critical of the Reagan Administration for sending mixed messages on drugs--pursuing a "zero tolerance" policy against boaters while negotiating with indicted Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega. "I'm not plea bargaining with a Noriega," he said.
Welbourn reported that he raised $49,759 for his campaign, including a $10,000 personal loan, by the close of the last reporting period on May 18.
Davis, 43, gave his campaign a major financial boost last month when he loaned himself $150,000. Altogether, he had raised $163,785 by the end of the latest reporting period, but does not expect to spend all of it.
The Palos Verdes Estates resident offers campaign audiences a litany of professional activities as a securities and tax attorney, an accountant, a law school instructor and businessman, with interests in health care, pharmacies and farming.