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Candidate Close-ups

September 28, 2003

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.

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.



Cruz Bustamante

Age: 50

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Lieutenant governor of California

Residence: Elk Grove

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.

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.

Tom McClintock

Age: 47

Party: Republican

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.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Age: 56

Party: Republican

Occupation: Actor/businessman

Residence: Brentwood

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.


The Rest of the Field

Iris Adam

Age: 50

Party: Natural Law

Occupation: Business analyst, UC Irvine

Residence: 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."

Brooke Adams

Age: 25

Party: Nonpartisan

Occupation: Business account executive with Gramercy Partners publishing house

Residence: Dana Point

Family: Single

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."

Alex-St. James

Party: Republican

Occupation: Public policy strategist

Residence: Sacramento

Douglas Anderson

Age: 55

Party: Republican

Occupation: Mortgagebroker

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."


Age: "Ageless"

Party: Nonpartisan

Occupation: Billboard model, entertainer

Residence: Rancho Palos Verdes and Bel-Air

Family: Single

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."

Mohammad Arif

Age: 33

Party: Nonpartisan

Occupation: Businessman

Residence: Los Angeles

Family: Married

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