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California State Government November 5, 2002 Election
State Controller; State of California Voter Information

Results as of Nov 14 11:14am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (24726/24726)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Steve Westly 3,157,757 votes 45.4%

  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Businessman/Educator
  • Elected Member, Democratic National Committee
  • Senior Vice President, eBay
  • Office of Economic Development, City of SanJose
  • Teacher, Stanford Business School
  • Department of Energy, Carter Administration
  • Vice Chair, California Democratic Party
  • Improve California's economy. The only candidate with the right combination of experience.
  • Strengthen public education. Endorsed by California Teachers Association.
  • Build California's infrastructure for the future. Endorsed by CA NOW and the League of Conservation Voters.
Tom McClintock 3,136,333 votes 45.1%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: California State Senator
  • Fiscal Conservative, Experienced Tax Cutter
  • Led the Effort to Cut the Car Tax
  • Authored Bureaucracy Reduction and Closure Commission Act
  • Author of California's Current Death Penalty Law
  • Former Director of Economic and Regulatory Affairs, Claremont Institute
  • Former Director of the Center for the Taxpayer
  • Take on wasteful government bureaucrats, corrupt politicians, and big-dollar contributions through true arcoss the board competitive bidding.
  • Fight waste and fraud in either Republican or Democratic Administrations.
  • Eliminate state's wasteful spending through regular performance audits.
Laura Wells 398,758 votes 5.8%
  • Party: Green
  • Occupation: Financial Systems Consultant
  • Green Party County Council, Alameda County, 1992-94
  • Editor of Green Party newspapers
  • 25 years experience in for-profit and non-profit finance
  • Active in global economic justice, voluntary simplicity, military-to-civilian economy, community building, and environmental issues
  • B.A. Wayne State University, Detroit,MI
  • M.Ed. Antioch University
  • Follow The Money and Report To The Boss. The State Controller's boss is the public.
  • Reduce taxes, find the money drains, and give California the services we pay for.
  • Create a winning formula for the distribution of California's wealth.
J. Carlos Aguirre 173,465 votes 2.4%
(This candidate has not responded to Smart Voter)
  • Party: Natural Law
  • Occupation: Entrepreneur/Businessman
  • Phone: 714-258-7678; Addr: 237 Shorebreaker Drive, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677; Email:
Ernest F. Vance 92,208 votes 1.3%
  • Party: American Independent
  • Occupation: Retired Administrator
  • BA in Psychology
  • MA in Education
  • PhD in Pastoral Psychology
  • Treasurer of Sac. Cty. AIP
  • Treasurer of Sac. NRA Council
  • Treasurer of my local church
  • To assure that all bills paid by CA are legal and Constitutional
  • To attempt to see that CA's monies are used as designated
  • Attempt to establish a State Grand Jury to prosecute wrong-doers

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