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FPPC Chairman Weighs Run for Statewide Office

From a Times Staff Writer

Chairman Dan Stanford of the state Fair Political Practices Commission is expected to announce Monday that he will take an unpaid one-month leave of absence to explore running for statewide office.

Stanford, a Republican who was active in the election campaign of Gov. George Deukmejian, is considering a run for secretary of state or state controller, a source close to Stanford said Friday. Both posts are now held by Democrats.

Stanford called a press conference for Monday for what was described as an important announcement.

As chairman of the watchdog commission, Stanford, formerly a San Diego attorney, is charged with enforcing the voter-approved Political Reform Act of 1974, which regulates everything from lobbyist spending to state and local campaign contributions. He is also expected to urge the commission next week to propose major reforms in the financing of legislative campaigns.

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