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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 15

Democrats see opportunity to gain ground

With Campbell out, they seek to recapture Mineta's old seat

Two Republicans and five Democrats are competing for the opportunity to represent their party in November. The March 7 primary ballot will also include candidates from the Libertarian and Natural Law parties who are running uncontested.

District 15 stretches along the West Valley and runs from Sunnyvale to Santa Cruz County. Since 1995, voters there have been represented by Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Campbell, now a candidate for U.S. Senate.

Democrats are eager to recapture the seat that was held by Norman Mineta for 20 years. Only five seats shy of regaining control of the House of Representatives, party officials view the 15th District as a pivotal contest. But Republicans are likely to put up a tough fight.

On the Republican side, Jim Cunneen, a three-term state assemblyman, will face Dale Mead, an attorney.

Cunneen, who will be forced out of office in December because of term limits, is considered a moderate Republican with expertise in education and transportation issues. Cunneen, who has been endorsed by Campbell, once worked on the congressman's staff. As a state assemblyman, he was instrumental pushing for the installation of a concrete barrier on Highway 85, following a series of accidents. He said his top priority if elected would be to focus on measures to help sustain strong economic growth.

Mead, who currently works as a ``knowledge architect'' with Bay Networks, has a background in mediation. He is a former employee of Apple Computer. He believes that housing, transportation and education are the most pressing local issues.

On the Democratic side, five candidates are seeking their party's nomination:

Assemblyman Mike Honda, D-San Jose, a late entry to the race. Honda had originally declined offers to run for the seat, saying he preferred to stay in the state Assembly, where Democrats hold the majority. But after pressure from Democratic leaders, and a phone call from President Clinton, he submitted papers to run. Honda is a former member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. In the Legislature he has focused on education and transportation issues.

Dick Lane, a professor at San Jose State University. Lane, who has emphasized his experience as an educator and businessman, is making his third bid for Congress in District 15. He said his first priority if elected would be to push for campaign finance reforms to lessen the influence of big money political action committees in elections.

Robin Parker, former mayor of Sunnyvale, a support engineering manager for Hewlett-Packard Co. Parker said she is most concerned about infrastructure issues in the valley and would push for more funding for transportation and affordable housing.

William Peacock, a businessman and private investor. Peacock has emphasized his past Washington, D.C., experience as a former defense official in the Carter administration. He has been endorsed by San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales. If elected, he said he would push to extend BART to San Jose.

Connor Vlakancic, a businessman. Vlakancic, who ran against Rep. Tom Campbell in 1995, as a Reform Party candidate, calls himself a ``conservative Democrat.'' He said he's running to ensure that the ``little people'' are represented in Congress.

Other candidates are Ed Wimmer, Libertarian, and Douglas Gorney, Natural Law. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the districts, 45 percent to 36 percent. Independent voters, who can now cast ballots in the open primary, make up 15 percent of the district's registration.


-- Mercury News Staff Writer Lori Aratani

   
       

Published February 20, 2000

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