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California State Government March 5, 2002 Election
Insurance Commissioner; State of California; Democratic Party Voter Information

Results as of Apr 10 12:24pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (22976/22976)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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John Garamendi 798,315 votes 38.6%

  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Businessman and Rancher
  • California's first elected Insurance Commissioner, 1991-1995
  • Deputy Secretary US Department of Interior, Washington DC, 1995-1998
  • Elected to the California State Senate 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988
  • Elected to the California Assembly, 1974
  • US Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, 1966 - 1968
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • I will REBUILD and RESTORE INTEGRITY to the Department of Insurance. Disgraced Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush destroyed the department I built.
  • I FOUGHT the insurance companies and WON Prop 103 ROLLBACKS and DELIVERED nearly $1 BILLION of premium REBATES to California consumers.
  • I will PROTECT California CONSUMERS and make sure CONSUMERS needs ALWAYS COME FIRST; FIGHT INSURANCE FRAUD which drives up all of our premium rates.
Tom Umberg 584,379 votes 28.3%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Prosecutor
  • Former Democratic Assemblyman from Orange County
  • Former Member of the Clinton White House
  • restore integrity, openness and accessibility to the Department of Insurance
  • turn the Department of Insurance into a true consumer advocacy agency
  • make insurance affordable, accessible and fair all Californians
Thomas M. "Tom" Calderon 475,192 votes 22.9%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Member, California Legislature
  • Montebello Unified School District, Board Member 1993-1997, president in 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from UC Santa Barbara
  • Awarded Freshman Legislator of the Year, CA School Boards' Association, 2000
  • I will make protecting consumers my top priority if elected Insurance Commissioner
  • I am committed to restoring integrity and consumer confidence to the Department of Insurance
  • I will implement additional funding and training to crack down on fraud
Bill Winslow 212,755 votes 10.2%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Attorney/Insurance Consultant
  • 25 years of career experience with insurance issues.
  • Graduate of UCLA School of Law.
  • Author of over 20 published articles addressing insurance law.
  • The next Insurance Commissioner must reinvigorate the earthquake insurance market, helping to create more and better coverage at affordable prices.
  • The practice of territorial rating by auto insurers must end - rates should be based on driving record and Proposition 103 must be fully implemented.
  • Better regulation and enforcement must end unfair claims practices - consumers should not have to fight for what they have already paid for.

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