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October 25, 1992

This could be a watershed year of sorts in Orange County's congressional races. The county hasn't had a Democrat in Congress for nearly a decade, and pundits aren't predicting a breakthrough this year because of a big GOP voter registration advantage in most districts. But local voters could help elect the first Korean-American to Congress if Diamond Bar's Jay C. Kim, a Republican, is victorious in the 41st District.

Although Republicans probably will prevail in most of the races, the Democrats have hopes for a few good showings. In the 39th District, Molly McClanahan is getting strong support from abortion rights supporters in her battle against state Sen. Edward R. Royce (R-Fullerton). In the 45th District, Patricia McCabe hopes the women's vote and anti-incumbent fever help her sweep out Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach).

Meanwhile, flamboyant conservative Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) has to contend with a Democratic registration advantage in his fight against Robert John Banuelos in the 46th District. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district 47.5% to 41.2%, but Dornan has consistently been able to battle his way to victory.

The Issues

The following are the questions asked of each candidate:

Abortion rights--Do you support abortion rights?

Capital gains tax--Do you support cuts in the federal capital gains tax?

Health plan--Do you support President Bush's national health plan, which would provide tax breaks for low- and middle-income families and slash Medicaid by $35 billion over five years?

Gun control--Do you support legislation similar to the Brady bill, which would place a waiting period on the purchase of handguns?

Soviet aid--Do you support the Bush plan to bail out the republics of the former Soviet Union?

Desert protection--Do you support the Cranston desert bill, which would dramatically expand the area in the Mojave and other sections of California to protect against encroachment?

The Candidates


Edward R. Royce: REPUBLICAN

Age: 41.

Home: Fullerton.

Occupation: State senator.

Background: Has served in the state Senate for 10 years; authored numerous bills supporting crime victims' rights, including stalking law; chairman of the Senate Constitutional Amendments Committee; former businessman and capital projects manager.

Issues: Abortion rights--opposes. Capital gains tax cut--supports. Health care plan--supports. Gun control--opposes. Soviet aid--supports loans, not grants. Desert protection--opposes.

Molly McClanahan: DEMOCRAT

Age: 55.

Home: Fullerton.

Occupation: Member of Fullerton City Council; director of the Anaheim Youth Employment Service.

Background: First elected to the Fullerton council in 1982; served as mayor in 1989; Fullerton College Foundation board member; former chairwoman of the Orange County Housing Advisory Committee; past president of the North Orange County chapter of League of Women Voters.

Issues: Abortion rights--supports. Capital gains tax cut--supports. Health care plan--opposes, but supports broader plan. Gun control--supports. Soviet aid--supports, if other nations also contribute. Desert protection--supports.


Age: 45.

Home: Fullerton.

Occupation: Management company administrator.

Background: Unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate in 1988; unsuccessful candidate for State Board of Equalization in 1982; co-founder in 1981 of the Samuel Adams Society, which is dedicated to the development of Libertarian Party candidates; past state and county party chairman.

Issues: Abortion rights--supports. Capital gains tax cut--supports. Health care plan--opposes. Gun control--opposes. Soviet aid--opposes. Desert protection--opposes.



Age: 53.

Home: Diamond Bar.

Occupation: Owns engineering design firm.

Background: Mayor of Diamond Bar; first elected to the City Council in 1990; ordained elder in his church; named 1988 Engineer of the Year by the Asian American Architects and Engineers; numerous community board memberships including the Olympic Advisory Council during 1980s.

Issues: Abortion rights--supports. Capital gains tax cut--supports. Health care plan--opposes. Gun control--supports. Soviet aid--supports some loans. Desert protection--supports, if no cost to government.


Age: 40.

Home: Anaheim.

Occupation: Analyst for defense contractor.

Background: Ran unsuccessfully for Anaheim City Council in 1988; leader in the defeat of a tax measure on 1991 Anaheim ballot; served in the U.S. Army intelligence unit for 12 years and received the Bronze Star for tour of duty in Vietnam.

Issues: Abortion rights--supports. Capital gains tax cut--supports. Health care plan--opposes. Gun control--supports. Soviet aid--opposes. Desert protection--undecided.


Age: 52.

Home: Claremont.

Occupation: Pharmacist.

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