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    ELB Man Is Among Candidates Running For Governor, Files Paperwork & Fees!

    Michael Jackson pic(August 9, 2003) -- Move over Schwarzenegger, Ueberroth, Huffington, McClintock & Bustamante. This ELB man is among the candidates who has filed the necessary paperwork -- including several thousand dollars in fees -- to be among the Californians seeking to replace incumbent Gov. Gray Davis in historic October 7 recall election.

    Mr. Michael Jackson -- a satellite project manager with Northrop-Grummon who earned a degree in electrical engineering summa cum laude from UCLA after ten years in the Navy -- says he hopes to straighten out the state budget, make CA more business friendly, cut out wasteful regulations, fix workers comp and get waste and bureaucracy out of education.

    Mr. Jackson, who has a wife and two chidren (ages 3 and 5) filed the required paperwork, including more than the necessary number of signatues, paid the $3,500 fee...and paid another $2,500 to have his candidate's statement printed. spoke with Mr. Jackson by phone from his campaign headquarters...his ELB home.

  • For whom did he vote for Governor last time? Simon. "Lesser of two evils."

  • How about that state deficit? "It's not a revenue problem, it's a spending problem." What can the Governor do about that? "The Governor has line item veto power, and I will use it."

  • How will he get past Schwarzenegger? "Once he gets attacked, his poll numbers will go down. He hasn't really said anything specific, just generalities about business."

  • How will he vote on Prop 54 (Racial Privacy Initiative)? "I have to do some more research on that."

  • Any items especially important to him? "Oh, yes! I want the CA Dept. of Education to calculate how much it's spending now per student based on its entire budget...and then send a check directly to each school for the amount the state money now being spent on each of the school's students. Then, each school would be required to send back to Sacramento the amount of money now being wasted on bureaucracy. That would show how much money sucked out in bureaucracy and waste and get people involved."

    Mr. Jackson says he's planning to put up a web site and will try to get his message out...somehow. How much money does he plan to spend beyond the $6,000 he's already spent? "The rest will have to come from contributions," he says.

    And why is he running? "I figure if you don't do something to change things, you can't complain about them."

    Over 150 people statewide had filed the paperwork and fee required to run by the 5 p.m. deadline.

    Another LB resident, Mathilde Karel Spak -- over 100 years old, has also filed papers and fees...and if her nominating signatures qualify, her name will also appear on the ballot.

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