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Candidate Name Party
James P. "Jim" Gray   Libertarian
Gail K. Lightfoot   Libertarian

2072 Bristol Street S.E.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(888) 583-4354

Experience has taught me to be fiscally conservative, but socially conscious. That is why I am a Libertarian. We can reduce the size, cost, bureaucracy, over-regulation and intrusiveness of government, and the excesses of the so-called "Patriot Act." We can pass "sunset" legislation that will require each federal agency to justify its funding and/or existence every five years. We can get the federal government out of marijuana prohibition, and allow individual states to decriminalize and tax its sale to adults, which will not only generate about $2 billion in revenue for California each year, but will reduce its availability for children. (Drug dealers don't ask for i.d.) In my service as a Superior and Municipal Court Judge in Orange County for 19 years, federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, criminal defense attorney in U.S. Navy JAG, and Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, I have a proven record of upholding justice and personal liberties, while demanding individual accountability, and in bringing diverse people together to create and oversee programs that work. I am a founder of Peer Court (, select "video"), which emphasizes accountability and ethical conduct for youth; a strict and effective drinking driver sentencing program, which replaces drinking drivers with sober ones; and authored the book Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It (Temple University Press), which presents viable options to our failed "War on Drugs." (Please visit Together, we can return control of California to Californians! This Time It Matters!

P.O. Box 598
Pismo Beach, CA 93448
(805) 481-3434

I am a Charter member of the Libertarian Party but I cut my political teeth as a Young Republican and Young American for Freedom, who walked precincts for Barry Goldwater in 1964. My beliefs mirror this statement from his book, The Conscience of a Conservative, " I have no interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is needed before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can." In 2001, I watched a biography of Harry Truman which inspired me to obtain a book of his quotes. Here in one expressing my belief. "In the cause of freedom, we have to battle for the rights of people with whom we do not agree; and whom, in many cases, we may not like. These people test the strength of the freedoms which protect all of us. If we do not defend their rights, we endanger our own."

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