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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 12:10 p.m. PST Wednesday, February 16, 2000

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 12

Three seek chance to unseat Lantos

GOP provides only contest in primary

Three Republican challengers will battle it out in the March 7 primary to face an uphill battle against 20-year veteran Rep. Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo.

Lantos and two minor-party candidates have no primary opposition in the heavily Democratic 12th District, which covers northern San Mateo County and the southwest corner of San Francisco.

The Republicans vying for a shot at Lantos' seat are Bob Evans, 41, a San Francisco hobby shop salesman; James D. Williams Jr., 28, a Daly City Web technology consultant; and Mike Garza, 67, a San Francisco wrecking-yard owner.

Evans ran a shoestring campaign against Lantos in 1998 and won nearly 21 percent of the vote. He vows to abolish the federaleducation department, which he considers a wasteful bureaucracy, and instead use local fundraising campaigns to pay for community schools. He's also a staunch defender of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Williams made an unsuccessful run for Daly City council in 1993. Now he's running as a candidate to represent other twentysomethings and get them to vote. The father of three young children, he wants to boost teachers' pay to attract and retain quality educators and reduce class sizes. He also supports a ban on assault weapons.

Garza, former president of San Francisco's Mexican American Political Association, describes himself as a ``right-wing Republican'' who wants more programs to help working Americans buy homes and fewer subsidies for unemployed homeless people. He also favors tougher punishments for violent criminals.

In Congress for two decades, Lantos touts his experience and service to Peninsula residents. Born in Hungary, the former economics professor and international affairs analyst cites his success battling fraud and waste in federal housing programs and his expertise on global trade issues. He vows to fight for the Patients' Bill of Rights legislation, for tougher gun control and to ensure funding for expansion of BART and other transportation needs.

Barbara J. Less, 68, the co-publisher of a Pacifica literary magazine, is the Libertarian Party candidate.

``Our freedom is slowly being taken away from us,'' said Less, who wants to halt what she sees as over-regulation of people's lives.

The other candidate is Rifkin Young, a San Francisco engineer, running unopposed for the Natural Law Party. He did not respond to press inquiries.


-- Mercury News Staff Writer Alan Gathright

   
       

Published February 20, 2000

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