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California State Government November 5, 2002 Election
Insurance Commissioner; 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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John Garamendi 3,209,610 votes 46.6%

  • 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.
Gary S. Mendoza 2,873,527 votes 41.7%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Businessman
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A.
  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • Former Commissioner of Corporations
  • Former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
  • State Co-Chair for Bush for President 2000
  • Increasing the availability and affordability of home, health and auto insurance
  • Fighting insurance fraud
  • Restoring competence and integrity to the office of Insurance Commissioner
David I. Sheidlower 263,348 votes 3.9%
  • Party: Green
  • Occupation: Underwriting Systems Director
  • 14 year's non-profit health care experience
  • 9 years experience in risk based analysis and ratesetting
  • Universal, single payer health care
  • Disaster insurance: either no taxpayer subsidy or entirely government run
  • Establish framework for affordable Long Term Care insurance
Dale F. Ogden 227,610 votes 3.2%
  • Party: Libertarian
  • Occupation: Insurance Consultant/Actuary
  • Associate Casualty Actuarial Society
  • Associate Society of Actuaries
  • Member American Academy of Actuaries
  • Member International Actuarial Association
  • Consultant to California Guaranty Association
  • Libertarian 1998 Candidate for Insurance Commissioner
  • Enhance Solvency Regulation to reduce cost of insurance company failures
  • Cut administrative bloat to reduce Insurance Department budget by $100 million
  • Reform the Conservation and Liquidation Office to save $billions
Raul Calderon, Jr. 184,266 votes 2.6%
  • Party: Natural Law
  • Occupation: Health Researcher/Educator
  • Doctoral degree in Health Psychology
  • Advanced training in Social and Public Health Issues
  • Work for the best interests of the people, not the interests of corporations.
  • Effectively assess and evaluate current insurance policies and practices.
  • Develop insurance policies to insure that underserved and minority populations have access to affordable insurance.
Steve Klein 143,343 votes 2%
(This candidate has not responded to Smart Voter)
  • Party: American Independent
  • Occupation: Businessman
  • Phone: 619-444-6166; Addr: 1279 Cresthill Road, El Cajon, CA 92021; Email:

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