1998 California Primary Election
Candidate Statements
Attorney General
  • As the chief law officer, ensures that the laws of the state are uniformly and adequately enforced.
  • Heads the Department of Justice, which is responsible for providing state legal services and support for local law enforcement.
  • Acts as chief counsel in state litigation and serves as legal advisor to the Governor, Legislature, boards, commissions and agencies.
  • Oversees law enforcement agencies, including District Attorneys and Sheriffs.
Candidate Photo Gary P. Kast
Peace and Freedom
10153 Riverside Dr., #374
Toluca Lake, CA 91602-2533
(818) 830-2794
Lawyer for 18 years. End C.A.M.P. I will fight to decriminalize all drugs. Making them illegal only makes them very expensive and more dangerous. It raises the danger to those who use and creates danger to the rest of us who do not: 600% more burglaries, robberies purse snatching, car radio thefts, etc. Clockwork Orange might save the state billions, and save many lives. I will use the office to go after eco-criminals and crooked politicians. I would encourage holding bars who serve drunks civilly responsible to innocent traffic victims of their customers (repeal CC 1714).
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Candidate Photo Michael K. Schmier
1475 Powell Street, No. 201
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 652-6087; 652-0800
FAX: (510) 652-0929
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Candidate Photo Lynn Schenk
7742 Herschel Avenue, Suite Q
La Jolla, CA 92037
(619) 456-2551
As a former Deputy Attorney General , Congresswoman and California's first woman Cabinet Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing, I've prosecuted criminals, fought for consumers and protected a woman's right to choose. As Attorney General, I'll give top priority to fighting violent crime, juvenile delinquency and drug dealers. I'll advocate swift, fair punishment--including the death penalty--for those who deserve it. But I'll also vigorously enforce laws that safeguard the environment and protect children and seniors. I've dedicated myself to strengthening the law, both through public service and extensive private sector experience. I'd be honored to have your support.
Web Site: www.schenk98.org
Candidate Photo Dave Stirling
P.O. Box 1863
Sacramento, CA 95812
(916) 444-2523
As Chief Deputy Attorney General for 7 years, I have been second in command to Dan Lungren at the Department of Justice. Crime rates have dropped because we have gotten tough on violent repeat offenders, sexual predators and started to enforce the death penalty. I am uniquely qualified with my experience as a private attorney; state legislator; General Counsel, Agricultural Labor Relations Board; and Superior Court Judge. I helped write "Three Strikes, You're Out" repeat offenders law; Megan's law against sexual predators; and the death penalty laws. That's why former Governor George Deukmejian and law enforcement leaders support my campaign.
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Candidate Photo Mike Capizzi
P.O. Box 1938
Santa Ana, CA 92702
(714) 542-3584
We need an experienced prosecutor as Attorney General, not a politician. As the only prosecutor running for Attorney General, I convicted thousands of felons. As District Attorney of the nation's fifth largest county, I've cut gang violence by 60%, reduced crime three times the national average and convicted over 50 crooked politicians of both parties. That's why law enforcement, including 50 of California's 58 District Attorneys, supports me. Named "California's Outstanding Prosecutor", I prosecuted welfare fraud saving taxpayers $700,000,000 and prosecuted deadbeat dads increasing support collections 30%. Attorney General Lungren declared, "Mike Capizzi maintains the highest ethical and professional standards."
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Candidate Photo Charles M. Calderon
P.O. Box 1346
Montebello, CA 90640
(213) 250-2001
On East Los Angeles' tough streets, I grew up watching gangs terrorize communities, drugs rob futures, and poverty steal hope. As a parent, I know stricter punishment, effective prevention and safer schools will protect our neighborhoods. As a school board member, I implemented truancy programs and fought for after school activities and curfews. As a prosecutor, I tried nearly 100 cases, including successful convictions for child and spousal abuse and drunk driving. As a legislator, I've strongly supported the death penalty, Three Strikes and cracking down on sexual predators, gangs and assault weapons. Together, we can keep our communities safe.
Web Site: www.calderon98.com
Candidate Photo Robert J. Evans
Peace and Freedom
1736 Franklin Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-4190
Vote for progress, not prisons. A criminal defense lawyer since 1971, I know the "lock 'em up" solution to crime is a failure. I will lead in finding real solutions to poverty and powerlessness which breed drug addiction and crime, but will prosecute the real criminals who cheat workers and consumers. I will defend the Constitution, and will protect, not weaken, your Constitutional rights to be safe in your homes and on the streets from illegal government conduct. I will support legal rights of workers in their efforts to obtain a better life through organization. Vote Evans for Attorney General.
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Candidate Photo Diane Beall Templin
American Independent
1016 Circle Drive
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 480-0428
As your Attorney General, I will protect and defend you, your family, your property and your business. I will be tough on crime to make our streets and neighborhoods safe. The most effective deterrent against crime is the certainty of apprehension, speedy conviction, and Punishment befitting the crime. If you do the crime, you will pay with your time. I will implement restitution laws. Equal justice for all with no legal loopholes. I am a mother and have had 67 foster children. Vote for Diane Templin for your safety and for your loved ones.
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Candidate Photo Bill Lockyer
1230 "H" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-1755
As State Senate President, I toughened penalties for child molesters, wife beaters, drunk drivers. I wrote the first "Three Strikes" legislation. I am pro-police and pro-death penalty. I'm frustrated when laws aren't enforced. People should be safe in their homes. And kids safe in school. 236,000 felony arrest warrants haven't been served on lawbreakers. I'll change that. I'll fix the Attorney General's computer system to catch criminals, not let them go. My anti-gang legislation lets the Attorney General seize gang leaders' property to repay victims. I'll protect a woman's right to choose, patients' rights and prosecute polluters.
Web Site: www.lockyerforag.com
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