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The State | THE RECALL CAMPAIGN

In the Running for California Governor

This is one in a series of reports profiling the candidates running for governor in the recall election.

August 15, 2003

Reva Renee Renz

Age: 36

Party: Republican

Occupation: Cocktail lounge owner

Residence: Santa Ana

Family: Single

Education: Attended Cypress Community College.

Career highlights: Owner for five years of an Orange County lounge; stockbroker in mid-1990s, as well as an amateur bikini model.

Quote: "This is the first and probably the last time in my life that I'll be able to run for office. I think we need an inexperienced and nonpolitician in office."

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Kurt E. "Tachikaze" Rightmyer

Age: 39

Party: Nonpartisan

Occupation: Middleweight sumo wrestler (188-255 pounds)

Residence: West Covina

Family: Married, one child

Education: B.A. in English, 1996, UCLA.

Career highlights: Middleweight points leader, 2003 California Sumo Series; nominated in 2001 for a poetry Pushcart Prize, which honors literary work published in small magazines; taught English in Japan for two years with Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.

Quote: "Sumo is a very quick, fast, brutal contest. It requires a great deal of concentration and a razor-sharp mind. It's perfect training, because everything in this state is in turmoil, and it's hard for people to get a grip on it."

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David "Laughing Horse" Robinson

Age: 48

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Sculptor, art instructor, tribal chairman

Residence: Bakersfield

Family: Married, two children, two grandchildren

Education: Attending Cal State Bakersfield.

Career highlights: Elected chairman of Kawaiisu Tribe in 1997 and reelected in 2002; art technician at Cal State Bakersfield for five years.

Quote: "I saw our budget for the Cal State system and we're going to get one-third of last year's budget and they are raising tuition. That just made me sick. There is no excuse for the richest state in the country to be broke. I can straighten things out."

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Mike Schmier

Age: 58

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Employment and labor relations lawyer

Residence: Emeryville

Family: Single

Education: Bachelor of business administration, 1965; MBA, 1966; law degree, 1969, all from University of Michigan.

Career highlights: Ran in Democratic primary for state attorney general, 2002 and 1998; ran in Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, 2000; board of directors, Committee for the Rule of Law, Emeryville-based group that advocates public access to court proceedings and decisions; deputy district attorney, Los Angeles, 1970; former federal labor prosecutor, National Labor Relations Board; administrative law judge, California Labor Relations Board; former trustee, Emery Unified School District; volunteer with San Francisco Jewish Vocational Services.

Quote: "When people have the basic things they need -- meaningful employment and affordable housing and quality education -- then we all benefit. Society is not healthy when we're missing those things."

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George B. Schwartzman

Age: 57

Party: Nonpartisan

Occupation: Owner of a medical services company that provides treatment for urological diseases.

Residence: San Diego

Family: Separated, two children

Education: B.S. in business administration, 1967, University of Kentucky.

Career highlights: Sales awards during time as medical equipment salesman, hosted events for San Diego chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Quote: "Among other things, I want to see junk food banned from public schools. It leads to obesity. How can we promote healthy living when we have Coca-Cola and cookies in our vending machines?"

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Randall D. Sprague

Age: 54

Party: Republican

Occupation: Private investigator specializing in civil rights cases

Residence: Elk Grove

Family: Married, two children, three grandchildren

Education: A.S., 1975, Portland (Ore.) Community College; B.S. in administration of criminal justice, 1977, Portland (Ore.) State University.

Career highlights: U.S. Army, 1969-72, including a year in Vietnam, earning Bronze Star and Air Medal; former insurance adjuster, loan officer and 10-year police officer; sponsor of youth soccer teams.

Quote: "I'm running for governor because [Gray Davis] made my mom cry. She's not going to be able to pay the vehicle registration fee. I said then that I'm running for governor, in hope that whoever wins -- it'll probably be Arnie -- will rescind that law."

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William James Tsangares

Age: 42

Party: Republican

Occupation: Owns novelty store, designs and sells T-shirts and gift items.

Residence: Los Angeles

Family: Married, three children.

Education: B.A. in liberal studies, 1989, San Francisco State University.

Career highlights: Unsuccessful runs for Sausalito City Council and Marin County Board of Supervisors in 1988, Hollywood City Council in 2002; owned company that designed and sold novelty T-shirts, printed and produced commercial materials for companies, 1989-98; current owner of Los Feliz retail business.

Quote: "The recall campaign is destructive and disruptive. It invalidates the election held last November. It attempts to destroy the cornerstone of democracy, which is having valid elections to begin with."

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Marc Valdez

Age: 46

Party: Democratic

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