The race to replace Gov. Gray Davis has drawn 135 candidates, a colorful cross-section of Californians that includes a handful of veteran politicians sprinkled amid a sea of novices.
Some are using the historic moment to promote causes such as fuel-efficient cars or college tuition fee reductions; others admit they are in the race mainly to promote themselves.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday October 04, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 32 words Type of Material: Correction
Voter guide -- In Sunday's Voter Guide, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Beyer was incorrectly identified as the founder of Transwest Investigative Services. He is the chief operations officer of TransWest Investigations Inc.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday October 05, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 33 words Type of Material: Correction
Voter Guide -- In last Sunday's Voter Guide, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Beyer was incorrectly identified as the founder of Transwest Investigative Services. He is the chief operations officer of TransWest Investigations Inc.
Three well-known contenders have pushed to the front of the pack in recent polls: Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, a Democrat; Republican actor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and Republican state Sen. Tom McClintock. Scores of ordinary people embarked on earnest, quixotic political campaigns. Others paid $3,500 to place their names on the ballot, only to drop out of the race.
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Occupation: Lieutenant governor of California
Residence: Elk Grove
Family: Bustamante and his wife, Arcelia, have three grown children and two grandchildren
Education: B.A. in interdisciplinary studies, 2003, Cal State Fresno.
Career Highlights: District representative for two Fresno Democrats; U.S. Rep. Richard Lehman, 1983-88; and state Assemblyman Bruce Bronzan, 1988-93. Elected to Bronzan's seat in a special election in 1993. Elected Assembly speaker in December 1996, and served 14 months. Elected lieutenant governor in 1998, becoming first Latino to hold that state office since 1878.
Occupation: California state senator, Thousand Oaks.
Residence: Thousand Oaks and Elk Grove
Family: McClintock and his wife, Lori, have two children
Education: B.A. in political science, UCLA, 1978.
Career Highlights: Thousand Oaks News-Chronicle columnist, 1976-80. Aide to state Sen. Ed Davis (R-Chatsworth) 1980-1982; elected to the Assembly at age 26 and represented portions of Ventura County, 1982-92. Worked for taxpayers' advocacy group and public policy think tank, 1992-96. Elected to Assembly in 1996; elected to state Senate in 2000. Ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1992 and state controller in 1994 and 2002.
Family: Schwarzenegger and his wife, television journalist Maria Shriver, have four children
Education: B.A. in business and international economics, University of Wisconsin-Superior, 1979.
Career Highlights: As a bodybuilder, won 13 championship titles; was the subject of "Pumping Iron," a 1977 documentary about bodybuilding, and went on to star in many films. In 1990 was named chairman of the Presidential Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under President George Bush. Sponsored Proposition 49, a ballot measure approved in 2002 to increase funding for after-school programs.
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Party: Natural Law
Occupation: Business analyst, UC Irvine
Family: Married, two children
Education: B.A. in education, University of Wyoming, 1975
Career highlights: Ran for governor in 2002. Fund-raiser for children's charities. Raised three foster children. Former director of school for gifted children.
Quote: "The recall is disruptive. Sustainable economy, quality education, health care are not Republican or Democratic issues. They are important issues. We need to infuse coherent consciousness into the process to solve the problems of California."
Occupation: Business account executive with Gramercy Partners publishing house
Residence: Dana Point
Education: B.A. in communications from USC, 2000
Career highlights: Cable television reporter before entering publishing.
Quote: "It's time for my generation to lead California. Davis has done a terrible job of leading California, and so have Democratic and Republican politicians. I believe my candidacy will empower my generation to control our own destiny."
Occupation: Public policy strategist
Residence: Simi Valley
Family: Married, two children, four grandchildren
Education: Attended El Camino College, 1967-69
Career highlights: National Republican Congressional Committee Businessman of the Year, 2003; five-year president, Professional References, a Simi Valley business networking group; member of Elk and Moose lodges; 12-year member of the National Rifle Assn.
Quote: "I want to control our borders and stop illegal immigration. We have so many problems ... and it's because there are too many people in this state."
Occupation: Billboard model, entertainer
Residence: Rancho Palos Verdes and Bel-Air
Education: Declined to state
Career highlights: Known for billboard campaign. Featured in more than 43 films and more than 1,000 magazines and televisions shows.
Quote: "We've had Gray. We've had Brown. Now it's time for some blond and pink."
Residence: Los Angeles