The Ultimate California Gubernatorial Recall Candidate List
This is my sorted and annotated list of all 135 candidates in California's October 7, 2003 special recall election. Vote talleys are from the Kevin Shelley's list with 98.2% of the vote counted. Please comment on this list here. You can also see the faces of the candidates.
Mostly normal people caught up in the excitement
Iris Adam (NL)
UCI analyst is a moderate progressive.
Douglas Anderson (R)
New to politics, this broker wants listen to the people.
Badi Badiozamani (i)
San Diego polysci PhD wants to wants to get business and fix traffic.
John W. Beard (R)
VP of Sales will run state like the family graphics company.
Vip Bhola (R)
Northridge attorney will repeal vehicle tax (like everybody else!)
Cheryl Bly-Chester (R)
4532 votes (0.1%)
Single mom and environmental engineer wants to improve the economy.
William S. Chambers (R)
Auburn brakeman says both parties are to blame.
Dan Feinstein (D)
Bay area blogger and f/x guy campaigns against the establishment.
Ronald J. Friedman (i)
Medical doctor from LA want's candidates to just get along.
Ivan Alexander Hall III (G)
Alternative environmentalist's campaign is "not a joke."
John J. (Jack) Hickey (L)
Laser scientist for small government and market driven healthcare.
Stephen L. Knapp (R)
Los Gatos laser engineer wants to balance the state's budget.
Jerome Kunzman (i)
Run the state like a business. Like the auto racing business. With ads.
Dick Lane (D)
PhD wants healthcare, teacher raises and campagn finance reform.
Frank A. Macaluso Jr. (D)
Doctor and engineer with "a broad knowledge of many subjects".
Bob McClain (i)
Oakland engineer and regular guy wants to protect consumers.
Dennis Duggan McMahon (R)
San Francisco banker wants to privatize schools with vouchers.
Heather Peters (R)
LA mediator wants legislators and Davis to forfeit pay.
Georgina Russell (D)
Cute chick with a lot of spirit and progressive platform.
Darrin H. Scheidle (D)
San Diego businessman wants us to buy things "Made in California".
Mike Schmier (D)
Alameda attorney will act on the best ideas from his experts.
Lawrence Steven Strauss (D)
4397 votes (0.1%)
Glendale lawyer would fix taxes and bring business and people back.
Crusaders and other people with a cause
Brooke Adams (i)
Dana Point media exec wants flat taxes cause 'the rich pay too much."
Ed Beyer (R)
San Clemente family man wants to reform Workers Compensation.
Audie E Bock (D)
Wants $99 "and it will be a secret". Will solve the state's problems.
Joel Britton (i)
Former meatpacker and journalist fights layoffs.
John Christopher Burton (i)
5915 votes (0.1%)
Pasadena socialist and attorney defends victims of police abuse.
Peter Miguel Camejo (G)
213,087 votes (2.8%)
A Camejo supporter hit Ralph Nader in the face with a pie!
Warren Farrell (D)
Carlsbad PhD sees "budetary solutions for California".
Gene Forte (R)
Talk radio wannabe will fight corrupt judges wherever "They" are.
Richard Gosse (R)
Single issue of Singles Fairness from a newlywed.
Jack Loyd Grisham (i)
Orange County pro-ocean, pro-immigrant activist also surfs and sings.
Joe Guzzardi (D)
Anti-immigration crusader, right of Bush uses lots of bold!
Ken Hamidi (L)
Free speech activist wants to impose tariffs on foreign workers.
C. Stephen Henderson (i)
Monterey teacherand ex-marine promotes Constitutional Revision.
Michael Jackson (R)
Long Beach project manager wants to fix the state's problems.
Robert C. Mannheim (D)
Want's to toss prior propositions and mandate part time benefits.
Bruce Martin Margolin (D)
7981 votes (0.2%)
Marijuana defence lawyer and legal reformer.
Gino Martorana (R)
Restauranteur is waiting for Arnold to call him out.
Carl A. Mehr (R)
Will bring business to California by clamping down on workers comp.
Darryl L. Mobley (i)
Family Digest publisher wants improve the state with your donations.
Jeffrey L. Mock (R)
Compton business man would assist manufacturers and fix Workman's Comp..
Dorene Musilli (R)
Sonoma hotel owner wants Spanish speaking kids segregated.
Robert C. Newman II (R)
Riverside shrink/farmer shows the flag and talks about God.
Charles (Chuck) Pineda Jr. (D)
Parole officer will build desalination plants as work project.
Jeff Rainforth (i)
Reform party candidate wants bars to stay open until 4 am.
Christopher Ranken (D)
Pacifica commissioner wants to amend the constitution to end recalls.
Ned Fenton Roscoe (L)
Smoker's rights candidate from Napa.
Sharon Rushford (i)
South bay contractor wants to "bring justice back into managed care."
Richard J. Simmons (i)
LA attorney will fix Workman's Comp..
Randall D. Sprague (R)
Wants both tort reform and to sue the Feds then cut state salaries.
Diane Beall Templin (AI)
San Diego anti income tax enthusiast/lawyer.
Patricia G. Tilley (i)
Sacramento criminal defence lawyer has identified state problems.
Brian Tracy (i)
San Diego consultant wants to fix Workmans Comp, taxes, and freeways.
Paul W. Vann (R)
Orange county financial planner would fix Workman's Comp.
William B. Vaughn (D)
Lafatette engineer sees building codes as California's main problem.
Chuck Walker (R)
Analyst will get business, fix Workman's Comp, use proven education.
Lingel H. Winters (D)
San Francisco attorney promotes education, environment and rights.
Michael J. Wozniak (D)
Retired cop favors prop 54 and hiring efficency experts for state.
Anti recall candidates - Vote No on Question 1
Robert Cullenbine (D)
Promotes a vote against the recall. Irritating animation on site.
Diana Foss (D)
Anti- recall candidate with a blog.
Paul Mariano (D)
A top Contra Costa County Public Defender wants to be Davis' boss.
Ronald Jason Palmieri (D)
3756 votes (0.1%)
Gay political activist promotes liberal causes and doesn't want your vote.
Darin Price (NL)
Northern California alternative progressive candidate opposes recall.
Christopher Sproul (D)
SF antirecall environmental lawyer has a nice surfing video on site.
Tim Sylvester (D)
Anti recall candidate from Santa Cruz county rides an elephant on site.
C.T. Weber (PF)
State employees union officer opposes recall, prop 54 and Davis.
Jim Weir (D)
Anti recall candidate wants to run the state nonethelaess.
Celeberties and Professional Politicians
Cruz M. Bustamante (D)
2,434,484 votes (31.7%)
Lieutenant Governor says he's running in case Davis loses.
Gary Coleman (i)
12,690 votes (0.2%)
Former Dif'rent Strokes star is sponsored by the New Times paper.
Larry Flynt (D)
15,464 votes (0.3%)
Global thinking porn guy will fight for free speech and stuff like that.
Leo Gallagher (i)
4864 votes (0.1%)
The melon smashing comedian uses his candidacy in unfunny jokes.
Garrett Gruener (D)
Chairman of Ask Jeeves and Teoma buys campaign ads on Google.
Arianna Huffington (i)
42,603 votes (0.6%)
Conservative pundit turned progressive pundit withdrew at the last minute.
Tom McClintock (R)
1,026,704 votes (13.4%)
Conservative US representative is endorsed by right wingers.
gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)
3,744,132 votes (48.7%)
Let's see what Pete Wilson has in store for Collie-forny-ya.
Bill Simon (R)
7909 votes (0.2%)
The guy who lost to Davis last year wants to withdraw from the recall election.
Peter V. Ueberroth (R)
22,238 votes (0.3%)
Former baseball commissioner wants Schwarzenegger to win.
Mohammad Arif (i)
LA businessman organized the Pakistan People's Party in 1988.
Scott W. Davis (i)
This 'withdrawn candidate promotes organ donation.
Robert A. Dole (R)
Milpitas sound alike would solve budget with a pay cut and Workmans Comp review.
Gerold Lee Gorman (D)
This Martinez software engineer failed the Turing test in 1999.
Gary Leonard (D)
Photographed the riot after Rodney King's tormentors were aquitted.
Jonathan D. Miller (D)
Wants "the future of all America and indeed the world" to be good.
Paul James Nave (D)
Boxing champ wants to cut state salaries to fix the deficit.
Leonard Padilla (i)
A bounty hunter and ex-con who will cap salaries and deport aliens.
Daniel C. Rameriz (D)
Anti-abortion Calexico musician and car dealer lost state race last year.
Kurt E. Rightmyer (i)
LA sumo wrestler wants to end testing. Points leader in CA Series.
David Laughing Horse Robinson (D)
5749 votes (0.1%)
Chairman of the unofficial Kawaiisu Tribe.
Marc Valdez (D)
I think he's running to produce blogging material (he links to this page!)
James M. Vandeventer Jr. (R)
Pentacostal gay republican from LA supports liberal planks.
Daniel T. Watts (G)
Santa Clara county college student wants to recind tuition increases.
Nathan Whitecloud Walton (i)
Son of a former basketball star, he's named for a cloud in the sky.
John W. Zellhoefer (R)
San Jose consultant will replace obsolete books with wireless displays.
It is hard to find information available for these candidates.
Vikramjit S. Bajwa (D)
Indian American real estate businessman
Michael Cheli (i)
Santa Rosa man "supports the war on terrorism'.
James Henry Green (D)
Irritating 'coming soon' page with many pop-behinds.
Sara Ann Hanlon (i)
Scroll for contact information on this La Mirada businesswoman.
Ralph A. Hernandez (D)
Contra Costa county district atorney inspector
Edward Thomas Kennedy (D)
Trinity county sound alike has no website.
Calvin Y. Louie (D)
This San Francisco accountant has a generic 'coming soon' website.
Mike P. McCarthy (i)
San Luis Obispo used car dealer has no platform.
Bryan Quinn (R)
Santa Clara businessman wants the state to default on debts.
Daniel W. Richards (R)
Rancho Cucamonga man turned in his papers and left the country.
Jamie Rosemary Safford (R)
David Ronald Sams (R)
Thousand Oaks man will wait '2 weeks' then let us know what he'll do.
George B. Schwartzman (i)
10,949 votes (0.2%)
San Diego businessman - He got the scanner vote!
Van Vo (R)
5801 votes (0.1%)
I could only find an archived discussion of the candidate in Vietmanese.
These candidates have supplied their email address only
Alex-St. James (R)
email address for LA policy strategist
Todd Carson (R)
Email address from Orange county
Jim Hoffman (R)
Email address for San Joaquin valley teacher.
S. Issa (R)
Email for person with the same name as the car alarmist from Vista.
David E. Kessinger (D)
Email for Riverside paralegal / property manager.
Paul (Chip) Mailander (D)
Email for a San Diego golf pro.
John (Jack) Mortensen (D)
Email address for a Sacramento contractor.
B. E. Smith (i)
Email for a Trinity lecturer.
Maurice J. Walker (G)
Email for Alameda county appraiser.
Publicity seeking candidates
Los Angeles model and painter campaigns for publicity.
Art Brown (D)
Indy filmmaker wants to advertize on the cheap.
D. Clements (R)
aka Logan Darrow, a political reality TV producer.
Bob Lynn Edwards (D)
Divorce attorney seems to be running for business publicity.
Mary Cook (i)
10,114 votes (0.2%)
aka Mary Carey, will promote California sex industry for big $$$!
Lorraine Fontaines (D)
"Young male genius"
Trek Thunder Kelly (i)
Dude. I wanna be an artist living on the beach with $3500 to blow too.
Kelly P. Kimball (D)
Their 'platform is beer". Another publicity candidacy.
Eric Korevaar (D)
Terescope inventor. Damn! $3500 buys a lot of advertizing!
Todd Richard Lewis (i)
172 votes (last place)
Bum Fight producer. A lot of publicity for a small fee.
Mike McNeilly (R)
Los Angeles commercial artist does Flash and building sized ads.
Scott A. Mednick (D)
In the beer biz with the other beer candidate.
Gregory J. Pawlik (R)
LA Coldwell Banker agent using his campaign for business publicity.
Bill Prady (D)
Co-producer of Dharma and Greg has a lame website.
Reva Renee Renz (R)
Tustin bar owner with a short skirt and a flag.
Kevin Richter (R)
Publicity for a humor site.
Lavar Taylor (D)
Orange county tax lawyer.
William James Tsangares (R)
Publicity for t-shirt / sticker business.