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Election 2000 logo (sm) Voters Guide Calif. Primary - Mar. 7

 

NATIONAL AND STATEWIDE
Open primary mixes parties
Smaller parties offer more choices
Presidential primary is a mother lode
The presidential candidates on the issues
Other candidates in the presidenital race
A quiet GOP Senate campaign
Other candidates for the Senate seat

U.S. HOUSE
District 10
District 12
District 13
District 14
District 15
District 16
District 17

CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE
District 11
District 13
District 15

CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY
District 23
District 24
District 28
Districts 18, 20, 21, 22, and 27
(uncontested)

PROPOSITIONS
Voters facing 20 ballot measures
Pro, con, for and against

LOCAL RACES
Santa Clara County
Board of Supervisors
Superior Court
Los Altos Hills Council
San Jose Council
Water District
Open Space Authority
Ballot measures

Alameda County
Board of Supervisors
Board of Education
Ballot measures

San Mateo County
Board of Supervisors
Half Moon Bay Council
Ballot measures

Santa Cruz County
Board of Supervisors
District Attorney
Superior Court
Ballot measures

San Benito County
Board of Supervisors
Superior Court
Board of Education

GRAPHICS
How to use Pollstar ballot machine

Are we there yet? An explanation of the primary process

NEWS
Politics & Government on Mercury Center

Campaign 2000 at RealCities

RESOURCES ONLINE
California Secretary of State voter information
California Voter Foundation's nonpartisan guide
League of Women Voters' nonpartisan guide
Rough and Tumble, a daily snapshot on California politics

Alameda County
Monterey County
San Benito County
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County

CREDITS

 
     

Posted at 12:16 p.m. PST Wednesday, February 16, 2000

STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 24

Six compete to replace Republican Cunneen

Running to replace outgoing Assemblyman Jim Cunneen, R-Campbell, are three Republicans, two Democrats and a Libertarian. Cunneen has held the seat for three terms, but the area is considered a swing district.

Racing for the Republican nomination are Steve Blanton, Suzanne Jackson and Donna Courtright.

Blanton, 39, is mayor of Los Gatos and government affairs director for Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. He supports improving schools and would make schools safer by increasing penalties for selling drugs to children. He opposes government over-regulation and would work to relieve traffic congestion.

Jackson, 57, is the mayor of Monte Sereno and a small-business owner. A registered nurse, she plans medical meetings and runs workshops for health professionals. Her top priorities include education, transportation, health care, government efficiency and tort reform.

Donna Courtright, 39, is president of Silicon Valley Taxpayers Inc. Courtright, who ran against Cunneen in 1998, supports a return to basics in the classroom, charter schools and competency testing and merit pay for teachers. She believes government is too big and too intrusive. She would combat traffic by eliminating underused carpool lanes and enhancing bus service.

On the Democratic side are school board member Steve Glickman and management consultant Rebecca Cohn.

Glickman, 55, is a Los Gatos elementary school board member and owner of a software company. He supports incentives such as housing subsidies and scholarships to encourage people to enter -- and stay -- in teaching. He also supports smart regional planning to combat congestion and environmental damage. He is pro-choice and would treat substance abuse as a medical condition rather than a crime.

Cohn, 45, is a Democratic Forum member. She supports mandatory summer school for students who fall behind, better salaries for teachers, and more mass transit, expressways and incentives for those who telecommute.

Ray Strong, 57, who is running unopposed on the Libertarian ticket, ran unsuccessfully in 1998 for the 24th Assembly District. The computer scientist supports the traditional Libertarian platform of limited government and more personal freedoms.


-- Mercury News Staff Writer Elise Banducci

   
       

Published February 20, 2000

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