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State of California (Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Yuba Counties) March 7, 2000 Election
State Senator; District 1

Results as of Apr 10 2:36pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (902/902)

Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Thomas "Rico" Oller 127,231 votes 43.9%

  • Party: Republican (65.7% of votes in party)
  • Occupation: Businessman/State Legislator
Thomas "Tom" Romero 45,205 votes 15.6%
  • Party: Democratic (50.2% of votes in party)
  • Occupation: Public School Educator
Karen Knecht 32,114 votes 11.1%
  • Party: Republican (16.6% of votes in party)
  • Occupation: Businesswoman/County Supervisor
  • Education issues: quality, current teaching structure, and funding.
  • Transportation: Crisis areas, preventative measures, current management practices.
  • Government in general: making it work more efficently and effectively.
Merita A. Callaway 23,654 votes 8.2%
  • Party: Democratic (26.3% of votes in party)
  • Occupation: Calaveras County Supervisor
  • Retired PG&E Mother Lode Manager
  • B.S. University of San Francisco&Second. Cred.
  • Exec. Bd. Ca. State Assoc. of Counties
  • Pres. of Sacto/Mother Lode Assoc. of Counties
  • Calaveras Fish & Game Commission
  • Active in many org e.g, Humane/Wine/Library
  • Return of local property taxes to cities, counties and special districts
  • Health Care that is accessible, affordable ex: universal health care
  • Funding for local roads/transportation - priorities set locally
Scott Gruendl 21,249 votes 7.4%
  • Party: Democratic (23.5% of votes in party)
  • Occupation: Public Administrator
  • BA in Public Administration, Chico State
  • Completed coursework for MPA
  • Planning Commissioner, City of Chico
  • 1998 Nominee to State Assembly
  • Northern California AIDS Consortium
  • Co-Founder of the Nor Cal Democrat Newspaper
  • Access to Health Care in Rural California
  • Protection of the Sierra-Nevada Mountain Range
  • Domestic Violence
Mary Andrews 19,871 votes 6.8%
  • Party: Republican (10.2% of votes in party)
  • Occupation: Realtor/Business Owner
  • Phone: 530-345-1353; Addr: 33 Amber Way, Chico, CA 95926; Email:
R. K. "Skip" Daum 14,595 votes 5%
  • Party: Republican (7.5% of votes in party)
  • Occupation: Businessman
  • Married 22 years with two great kids
  • Successful as sole proprietor for 25 years
  • US Air Force Navigator (10 years, including Reserves)
  • Deep interest in public policy issues
  • Public education: Restore local control and respect for our system by freeing teachers and parents to work more closely together.
  • Healthcare: An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. Children's health is a top priority. Doctors should decide treatment - not HMOs.
  • Development , Growth, Environment: This issue deeply divides our fellow constituents in the district. I'll work to balance their interests.
Jon Petersen 5,945 votes 2%
  • Party: Libertarian (100% of votes in party)
  • Occupation: Computer Consultant
  • B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University
  • Past Economic Development Commissioner
  • Past corporate project manager
  • Member/officer of many community org's
  • Married to Marianne, 7 kids, 7 grandkids
  • Solve concerns at local levels, avoid state interference
  • Blend time-tested communication with modern technology
  • Require sunset clauses in all legislation and agencies

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