Candidate pools for fourth district, governor are deep |

Candidate pools for fourth district, governor are deep

When California voters go to the polls Tuesday, they’ll have plenty of decisions to make about who can best impact their lives – from a local level to the nation’s Capital.

Three Northern California Democrats have lined up with Truckee Libertarian Dan Warren for Tuesday’s primary with the hopes of, come November, unseating U.S. Rep. John Doolittle, a conservative from Granite Bay in the 4th District. Republican J.M. “Mike” Holmes refuses to wait until November. The Auburn mayor has opted to try to oust Doolittle in the primary – for what he says is in the party’s best interest.

“When we got involved in this campaign, a group of Republicans came to me and said we don’t think John Doolittle represents this district in the way it should be represented. He’s more interested in building a power base in Washington,” Holmes declared. The five-generation Placer County resident says Doolittle’s alleged ties to lobbyist scandals and criticism of questionable ethics will bring down the party in a flame of corruption.

Previously, Doolittle, an eight-term congressman, had only been challenged by two Republicans in 14 years.

These were harsh words from Holmes intended to get attention, Doolittle’s spokesman Richard Robinson countered.

“He’s doing what he can to pick up some kind of momentum to his flailing campaign. It’s unfortunate he’s come to 11th-hour mudslinging, but I feel it will backfire,” he said. “I don’t think he’s running a credible campaign.”

For the Democrats, El Dorado Hills tax scam investigator Michael Hamersley and retired military officer Charles Brown of Auburn are listed on the ballot with Lisa Rea, a nonprofit executive from Lincoln. Warren is a mountain rescue director.

The state’s 4th District

In California, Placer County Supervisor Ted Gaines will run against fellow Republican Paul Hunt, an educator. The two men plan to continue the party’s work of the retiring Tim Leslie, a Tahoe City man who has termed out. Gaines has spent 23 years in the insurance business.

“I think my business background touches on bringing real-world experience where it’s now lacking (in the state Assembly),” Gaines said.

Democrats will also see technical writer Robert Haswell on the ballot. The Green Party has Lincoln retired social worker Jerry Fritts listed, while Michael Murphy intends to run as the sole Libertarian. Murphy wrote a book about how American government works in contrast to other countries.

“I want to give people in this district representation,” Murphy said.

The race for governor

The primary’s race for governor tops the ballot with 15 candidates vying to topple California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The action film star-turned-politician has had a topsy-turvy term, prompting three Republicans to try to unseat Schwarzenegger in the primary. They are: psychologist and farmer Robert Newman of Redlands; general contractor Jeffrey Burns of Huntington Beach; and railroad switchman Bill Chambers of Auburn.

But it’s the Democrats who have shown up in full force in the primary in the hopes of ousting the Republican running the state’s executive branch.

California Treasurer Phil Angelides comes with the party endorsement, while state Controller Steve Westly comes with the war chest. They’re running against Oakland attorney Michael Strimling; Newark engineer Vibert Greene; Granite Bay teacher Joe Brouillette; Visalia doctor Frank Macaluso Jr.; Walnut Creek doctor Jerald Gerst, and businesswoman Barbara Becnel.

There’s no shortage of names in the race. For the Independent Party, Edward Noonan of Marysville has led the charge to the November general election. The greens have Peter Camejo of Sacramento to represent them unless a write-in candidate receives more of a vote in the primary. Art Olivier of Palm Desert is running as a Libertarian, and Janice Jordan of San Diego has thrown her hat in the ring for the Peace and Freedom Party.

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