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ATTY. GENERAL

MIKE CAPIZZI

The son of an Italian immigrant who was an attorney in Detroit, Capizzi has served as Orange County district attorney since 1990.

* Political party: Republican

* Age: 58

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* Residence: Orange

* Education: B.A., Eastern Michigan University; J.D., University of Michigan law school.

* Career highlights: Has served his entire 34-year career in the Orange County district attorney’s office. Before becoming district attorney, he held a variety of posts in the department, including handling death penalty prosecutions and arguing a landmark 1973 case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which held that local community standards could be used to determine what is obscene.

* Priorities: Combat violent crime, drug trafficking and political corruption

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DAVE STIRLING

The son of a retailer and City Council member in Morgan City, La., Stirling was hired by current Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren in 1990 to serve as Lungren’s top aide.

* Political party: Republican

* Age: 58

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* Residence: Walnut Grove

* Education: B.A., Principia College in Illinois; J.D., Tulane University law school.

* Career highlights: Elected to the Assembly in 1976. After losing a race for attorney general in 1982, was appointed to head the Agricultural Labor Relations Board and later to a Superior Court judgeship in Sacramento. Before taking a leave from his post as chief deputy attorney general in order to campaign, he helped write the three-strikes law, a measure that imposes longer sentences on felons who use guns in the course of their crimes, and the so-called Megan’s Law, allowing the identification of paroled child molesters living in a community.

* Priorities: Crack down on violent crime and drugs

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CHARLES M. CALDERON

The son of an insurance salesman and working mother who grew up in East Los Angeles and Montebello, Calderon serves in the state Senate.

* Political party: Democrat

* Age: 48

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* Residence: Whittier

* Education: B.A., Cal State L.A.; J.D., UC Davis law school

* Career highlights: Served on the Montebello school board and worked as a Los Angeles deputy city attorney for two years; was elected to the Assembly in 1982 and state Senate in 1990, where he has served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

* Priorities: Make communities safe by fighting crime and providing alternatives to drugs and gangs.

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BILL LOCKYER

The son of a roofer, Lockyer serves as a state senator from Hayward.

* Political party: Democrat

* Age: 57

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* Residence: Hayward

* Education: B.A., UC Berkeley; J.D., McGeorge law school

* Career highlights: Elected to the Assembly in 1973 and state Senate in 1982; attended law school for 7 1/2 years while in the Legislature and is affiliated with a Hayward law firm; served as Senate president pro tem for four years, with responsibility for leading budget negotiations and making hundreds of appointments.

* Priorities: Combat crime and protect abortion rights, patients’ rights and the environment.

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LYNN SCHENK

The daughter of a tailor who escaped from Hungary during the Holocaust, Schenk served one term in Congress and now works as a private attorney.

* Political party: Democrat

* Age: 53

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* Residence: La Jolla

* Education: B.A., UCLA; J.D., University of San Diego law school

* Career highlights: A graduate of Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, she worked as a deputy state attorney general, a counsel to San Diego Gas & Electric, and as state secretary for business, transportation and housing. Elected to Congress in 1992, she now serves as a special counsel to the international law firm Baker & McKenzie.

* Priorities: Fight violent crime and enforce laws to safeguard the environment and to halt domestic violence and sexual harassment.

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SUPT. OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

A nonpartisan race. Any candidate who captures more than 50% of the vote wins the election. If none does, there’s a November runoff between the top two finishers.

* Delaine Eastin, incumbent, San Francisco

* Gloria Matta Tuchman, teacher, Santa Ana

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* Barbara Carpenter, educational career consultant, San Diego

* Miles Everett, teacher, Healdsburg

* Mark Isler, businessman, Van Nuys.


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