|BOARD OF EQUALIZATION|
(Voter Registration: 52% D - 29% R) Democrat: Incumbent Johan Klehs of Castro Valley. Libertarian: Kennita Watson of Palo Alto.
A walkover for former Assemblyman Johan Klehs. Republicans didn't even field a candidate.
(Voter Registration: 42% D - 41% R) Democrats: Joseph F. Micallef and Tom Y. Santos of Elk Grove. Republican: Incumbent Dean Andal of Stockton. Libertarian: Richard E. Venable.
No contest for Dean Andal, a former assemblyman. One of the two Democrats running against him, Joseph F. Micallef, CEO of a tax consulting firm and a former field auditor for the board, has run unsuccessfully twice before.
(Voter Registration: 37% D - 45% R) Democrats: Mary Christian-Heising of La Jolla, Fred Clayton of Vista, Mark Spiegler of San Diego. Republicans: Patrick James Leone of Temecula, Claude Parrish of Rancho Palos Verdes, Andy Schooler of Del Mar, Jim Stieringer of La Mesa, Hal J. Styles, Jr. of Desert Hot Springs and Craig A. Wilson of San Diego. Libertarian: J.R. Graham of San Diego. Peace & Freedom: Maxine Bell Quirk of Orange.
For the first time in 20 years, this district will
not be represented Republican Ernie Dronenburg.Yes, term limits cleans out the Board
of Equalization as well. Dronenburg is trying to hand the seat to his chief of staff,
Craig Wilson, but perennial board of equalization candidate Claude Parrish is offering
a strong challenge in the GOP primary. Given the extremely low-profile nature of
board races, Wilson has an advantage with his ballot designation: equalization boardmember's
deputy. Wilson also enjoys the help of two other people named Wilson: GOP consultant
Marty Wilson and Governor Pete Wilson, for whom Craig served as assistant secretary
of the State and Consumer Services Agency. Craig Wilson expects to spend $300,000
on mailers and radio spots to try and connect with the eight million people in the
(Voter registration: 56% D - 28% R) Democrats: Incumbent John Chiang of Chatsworth, Gregorio Armenta of Los Angeles, Gil Eisner, Jose Fernandez and Tyrone Vahedi of Los Angeles, Craig Freis of Santa Monica. Republicans: Joe Adams of Burbank, Khalil Khalil of Los Angeles. Libertarian: William Jennings of Pasadena. Peace and Freedom: Shirley Isaacson of Malibu. Green: Glenn Bailey of Encino.
This Democrat-dominated, Los Angeles-based seat was
held throughout the 1990s by Brad Sherman, who has since moved on to Congress. Sherman's
resignation prompted something of a power struggle between he and Governor Pete Wilson.
Sherman claimed the power to name his successor, and promptly chose his chief aide,
John Chiang, to succeed him. Wilson had other ideas, believing that he was the one
who should do the choosing. After some judicial saber rattling, Chiang was allowed
to stay in the post. As an acting member of the board, Chiang is technically an incumbent,
and his organization and endorsement list certainly underscore that position.