1998 California General Election
Candidate Statements
U.S. Senator
Candidate Photo Ophie C. Beltran
Peace and Freedom
10153½ Riverside Dr., #374
Toluca Lake, CA 91602-2533
(818) 830-2794, Ext. #4
I'm running on a feminist/labor slate of Peace & Freedom Party candidates Gary Ramos (Insurance Commissioner) and Jan Tucker (Treasurer). I'm a former Teamster and my slate applauds the AFL-CIO demand that elected officials support the right of workers to unionize through neutral "card checks" by community leaders. I'm active with Antique Motorcycle Club of America and my slate mates hold class "M-1" Licenses. As "bikers," we oppose helmet laws. I support congressional sanctions against Turkey for blockading Armenia and atrocities against Kurds and against other human rights abusers. I support varied, pragmatic approaches to supporting the right to self-determination of nations, like Tibet, Karabagh, and Kurdistan, including constructive engagement and/or sanctions on a case by case basis. I oppose NAFTA unless it includes union rights and environmental safeguards. I support non-interventionist foreign policy and "activist neutrality" under U.N. auspices for legitimate peace-keeping missions. Instead of bashing immigrants, I support vigorous, positive efforts to fully integrate them as useful and productive Americans, and we must implement the program of American Indian Movement to end discrimination against Native Americans and support economic self-sufficiency. I've personally defended abortion clinics supporting vigorous enforcement of Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances.
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Candidate Photo Ted Brown
P.O. Box 5362
Pasadena, CA 91117
(626) 578-8454
You may already be a criminal. You have probably violated one of thousands of unconstitutional federal laws and regulations without even knowing it. 60,000 armed federal agents are prepared to enforce them all. It's no wonder half of all Americans polled fear the federal government. There's even a plan in place to require in 2 years a "tamper-proof" identity card to obtain employment and health care. Those in power say, "There ought to be a law." Libertarians say, "There ought to be a choice." Leave people alone and they will grow and prosper. I will go to Washington to repeal laws, not pass new ones. My platform: (1) Repeal the federal income tax and abolish the IRS. This would put $650 Billion per year back in our pockets, where it belongs (over $5000 for every working American). Pay for it by eliminating agencies and departments not permitted by the Constitution; and (2) Slash crime by ending the failed "War on Drugs" and decriminalizing drug use. Alcohol prohibition didn't work in the 1920's, and drug prohibition doesn't work today. We need to protect people from violent criminals. Instead, 60% of federal prisoners are serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses.
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Candidate Photo Barbara Boxer
P.O. Box 641751
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 575-9880
As your Senator, I stand up every day to put our children and families first. To get our economy back on track, I cast the tough votes to balance the budget. I worked to pass a tough crime law that put 9,000 new community police on California streets. When special interests tried to roll back environmental laws that protect our air and water, I stood up and helped stop them. Now I want to prepare our kids for the jobs of the future. I'm working to reduce class sizes, for after school programs to keep kids off the streets and out of gangs, and for higher academic standards so that a high school degree means something. I voted for tough penalties for dealers who sell drugs to children in school zones, and I'm leading the fight to get cheap handguns off our streets. Our families deserve a sound Social Security and Medicare system and a Patients' Bill of Rights to make sure medical decisions are made by doctors, not bureaucrats. And government shouldn't interfere with laws that protect a woman's right to choose. I am proud to be your Senator, and I'll continue to put families and children first.
Web Site: www.boxer98.org
Candidate Photo Matt Fong
770 L Street, Suite 900
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-1664
As California State Treasurer, I have been proud to help eliminate the barriers that keep our citizens from realizing their full potential and piece of the American dream. At the treasurer's office, we saved taxpayers over $240 million through common sense reforms. While serving on the state's Board of Equalization, we cut customer waiting times and eliminated wasteful government spending. As your Senator, I will continue to be a voice for taxpayers and families. We need to overhaul the IRS and replace our tax system with a fairer and simpler tax code with lower taxes. Taxpayers should keep more of their money, not less. Our streets should be made safer, and we must end early prison releases for violent offenders. HMO providers should be held medically accountable to their patients. I believe we can protect our environment and still have a strong economy with well-paying jobs. As an Air Force Academy graduate and Lt. Colonel (Reserve), I support maintaining a strong military to protect our people and country in a dangerous world. One of my top priorities is to insure that every child graduating from high school can read, write and speak English proficiently. I would appreciate your support.
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Candidate Photo Timothy R. Erich
Oakdale, California
Vote for common sense reform! I believe our society must focus on the basics of providing all Americans with sufficient levels of social security, medical care, and educational opportunity. To accomplish these goals, we must also maintain adequate levels of national defense and local law enforcement, protect our natural resources and agricultural potential, encourage business growth, and revitalize democracy through campaign and finance reform. Currently, I am a teacher and school principal. I'm married, with two children. Previously, I served as a government and economics teacher for 10 years, an historical commission member for 3 years, and a congressional candidate in 1996. In order to represent the interests of all Californians, I am visiting every county in our Golden State. I have become known as the "un-politician" because: 1) I do not accept any monetary contributions, 2) I'm spending the least amount of money possible in a serious campaign, and 3) I make only one promise--to do my best to represent the people of California and the nation as a whole. This dedication to common sense reform allows me to seriously declare, "As the Reform Party Candidate for U.S. Senate, I am not for sale, I'm for real!"
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Candidate Photo Brian M. Rees
Natural Law
P.O. Box 561
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 281-9770
Let me introduce a novel idea: Government should be based on that which works ; not that which is politically expedient, or is bought and paid for by moneyed special interests. As well intentioned as political candidates may be, without meaningful campaign reform it is naive to think any elected official will not be influenced by those who financed his campaign. As a result, politicians are not respected, our electoral process is owned by big money, we have the lowest voter turnout of any democracy, and apathy routinely returns incumbents to office. But there is good news. Programs exist today which have been shown to improve educational outcomes, keep kids off drugs and safe in school, prevent crime, cut health care costs while improving quality and preserving choice, generate environmentally friendly renewable energy, reduce recidivism; and save money at the same time, allowing for lower taxes. As a family physician, author, small business owner, colonel in the Army Reserve, and parent of two children in our public schools, I see needs that currently are not well addressed. Please help bring a new voice to the U.S. Senate. Let's cut taxes, create new and better jobs and implement programs that work.
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Candidate Photo H. Joseph Perrin Sr.
American Independent
5960 South Land Park Dr., Suite 273
Sacramento, CA 95822
As your U.S. Senator I will dedicate my statesmanship to renewing your God-given heritage of individual freedom, because the sole purpose of government is to protect your American liberties. I will re-establish your decision making authority, by returning as much governmental control as possible to your local jurisdiction. You will enjoy more control over what is really important to you and your family, and will have more control over how much you are willing to spend on what is important to you. I will help to end the present cycle of creating oppressive federal laws that are paid for by oppressive federal taxes. For those expenses that are legitimately the function of the federal government, such as defense, I will vote to keep our tax dollars in the United States. It makes absolutely no sense to pay for NATO expansion when we could keep that extra 10 billion dollars a year at home for better training and equipment of our own military personnel. It also makes no sense to support any international entity that disregards our God-given sovereignty. A sovereignty that is equally as precious as the brave American lives that have been given for its preservation.
The order of the candidates was determined by random alphabet drawing. Statements on this page were supplied by the candidates and have not been checked for accuracy by any official agency. Submission of statements was voluntary. Candidates who did not submit statements could otherwise be qualified to appear on the ballot.