This guy's age: 37
Where he hangs his hat: El Cajon
Married? With children?: Yep, with a 6-year-old boy
What he says he does: Businessman, fingerprinting services
With whom does he Party?: Democrats
Grew up in: San Diego
Best line from his website: "It's time for someone like me to shoot from the hip, take the tiger by the tail and do what no one has the guts to do."
Who'd play him in the movie: John Goodman
Darrin Scheidle, a self-described "master of solutions," says he's a Democrat but sounds more like a Republican-at least when you're talking economics. His website is plastered with declarations about how Sacramento has overspent its way into the abyss and needs to become much more "business friendly." He wants to build more power plants immediately and says he'll attempt to repeal the vehicle license fee before his big, cushy governor's seat is warm.
But that's not all he's going to do on his first day at work-he's also going to fire a ton of people with an immediate slashing of 30 to 50 percent of the Governor's staff. Right after that he's going to embark on a plan to create scads of new jobs.
For all his talk of cutting spending-and there's lot of it-Scheidle would increase funding for education and public safety. He says he thinks he can find savings by tinkering with the budget. In fact, he says it's not unrealistic to think he can save $10 billion to $15 billion each year-$20 billion if he could count on some help from that do-nothing state Legislature.
He'd also fix that pesky workers compensation problem everyone's talking about by modeling a new system for California after battle-tested programs in other states.
What makes Darrin Scheidle so sure he's the guy who can fix these vexing problems? Well, because he's a successful businessman, that's why-he has helmed four companies at last count. Chief among them is LiveScan San Diego, which provides fingerprinting services to school districts, corporations and nonprofit organizations in San Diego, Imperial, Orange and Riverside Counties. He's also done time as a Red Cross volunteer and as PTA treasurer, and serves on his kid's school's site council.
Long-timers in San Diego might know the Scheidle name-his grandpappy was Harry Scheidle, former member of the San Diego City Council and San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
Scheidle's Republican tendencies stop when he gets into the social or wedge issues. That's shen he becomes a Libertarian. The government's got no business in matters of abortion, he says, nor should it stop same-sex couples from enjoying the same benefits as couples of the opposite-sex variety (his exploration of this issue is, in a word, extensive). He's not big on gun control and doesn't want to "reward illegal behavior" by allowing undocumented immigrants to have driver's licenses.
Oh, and by the way, he says you might recognize him by his vehicle-his environment friendly Global Electric Motorcar.
This guy's age: 60
Where he hangs his hat: Carlsbad
Married? With children?: Yes, two kids
What he says he does: Author and men's rights activist
With whom does he Party?: Democrats
Grew up in: We don't know-he won't talk to us
Best line from his website: "Warren is a Democrat who builds bridges with Republicans via his compassion for both men and business."
Who'd play him in the movie: Kenny Rogers
A man's man
Warren Farrell's an NYU Ph.D. with teaching experience in an impressive list of American universities and the author of five books, two of which have been international best sellers-translated into more than 10 languages.
He's also a walking paradox-a lightning rod for feminist contention.
A leader in the men's rights movement, he's the only man ever elected three times to the National Organization for Women's Board of Directors.
In a 1997 interview with the MenWeb Internet site, Farrell said he was an ardent supporter of feminism until the mid 1970s when NOW came out against the presumption of joint custody.
"I'm a 100-percent supporter of the portions of feminism that are empowering to women and a 100-percent opponent of the portions that hone victim-hood as a fine art," he said in the interview.
"The Democratic Party has become the prisoner of feminists," he charges. Both the party and the feminist movement should be congratulated for successfully eradicating the women's crisis of the 20th century, he says, but now it's time to focus on the men's crisis of the 21st century.
To combat that crisis, he'll bring 10 cardinal areas of improvement to Sacramento-with the plan of nailing his "Call for a Reformation of the Democratic Party," to the door of the Capitol, in early September.
His theses run from the generally accepted (equal father and mother involvement in the case of a divorce and universal prenatal care) to the controversial (paternity fraud bill and schools with more male teachers) to the peculiar (male birth control pill and intensive communication training taught from first grade, with simultaneous retraining of parents) to ideas that are sure to piss off feminist groups (updating California's institutions to reflect the shift from the "Women's Crisis" of the 20th Century to the "Men's Crisis" of the 21st Century, discouraging government-as-substitute-husband policies and empowering the state's daughters with long-term female empowerment rather than short-term female victim power).
You might say he's focused.
With articles in periodicals ranging from Penthouse to The New York Times (over nearly 30 years) and a name well known in feminist-struggle circles, Farrell cannot be called an unknown in the race. With a list of issues wildly on the fringe, he can't be called a favorite to win.
"I'm a darker horse than Sea Biscuit," he wrote in announcing his candidacy.
Farrell says the election is a prime opportunity to bring men's issues to the fore-and acknowledges his hope that exposure might bump up sales of his books, a factor that would offset campaign costs.
If for nothing else, Farrell is sure to score a couple of votes for his sense of humor. When asked by the website GovernMonkey if he would do full-frontal nudity if the money it raised would go to help the state's economy, Farrell responded, "My full frontal doesn't even stimulate me."
Carl A. Mehr
This guy's age: 70
Where he hangs his hat: University City
Married? With children?: Yep, four kids, eight grandkids
What he says he does: Real estate management and development; worked for IBM in the 1950s
With whom does he Party?: Republicans
Grew up in: Denmark (Dad was in the military)
Best line from his website: "Give me your vote and I will work for beer."
Website: www.mehrforgovernor.com (the killer tomato page alone is worth a look)
Who'd play him in the movie: Ed Asner
Beer and chicken shit
CityBeat cover boy Carl Mehr's wife Marilyn has big plans for when she becomes California's First Lady. Mrs. Mehr, her husband's website explains, "has generously offered to be the tea hostess for touring visitors to the [governor's] mansion. Initially this event will be held each Thursday at 3 p.m. for people taking the tour at 2 p.m. A small group is desirable, so attendance will be limited to visitors having made prior reservations.
"During the ‘Tea Party,'" Mehr warns his constituents, "she will refrain from answering any political questions."
Carl Mehr, or "Humble Carl" as he's been dubbed by friends and family, is a well-traveled Korean War vet who grew up in Nazi-occupied Denmark and whose expansive website includes not just a detailed list of his campaign positions but also a photo essay of the gubernatorial candidate shoveling chicken shit (Mehr's words, not ours) with his cousin in Canada. "Some people will relax playing tennis," says Humble Carl, "but I would rather help my cousin shoveling chicken shit."
And if shoveling chicken shit wasn't enough, our pal Carl also includes a pictorial account of his battle to rid his yard of giant tomatoes. The end product of the tomato massacre appears to be some kick-ass tomato sauce.
Seriously though, Mehr's put quite a bit of thought into his campaign platform. He thinks the recall is a joke (governors should be recalled only for malfeasance, he says); he believes redistricting should be handled by an independent commission ("Why put up with ideologues of both parties whose main concern is to protect their incumbency?"); and he'd like to wrest financial control from Sacramento and let cities and counties decide how local property taxes should be spent. He's also willing to take on the thorny issue of Prop. 13, arguing that it's time for the law to be retooled to keep pace with inflation.
Though a registered Republican, Mehr admits he voted for Gray Davis last November but realizes his mistake. The Davis administration fooled voters, he said, by hiding the truth about the budget situation. "The voters of California are mad," he wrote in an e-mail to CityBeat. "We did not like to be lied to."
Despite his ire for Davis, Mehr says he's having fun running for governor. His candidacy has attracted quite a bit of attention in Denmark, where he grew up: "They have me put up against Arnold Schwarzenegger and I must be winning about 20 to 1!"
Diane Beall Templin
This gal's age: 56
Where she hangs her hat: Escondido
Married? With children?: Divorced, one kid
What she says she does: Attorney, real estate broker
With whom does she Party?: American Independents
Grew up in: Buffalo, N.Y.
Best line from her website: "I've always lost, but someday I'll win."
Who'd play her in the movie: Joan Allen
Prayin' for votes
OK, for maaaybe 5 percent of you CityBeat readers who think government should crack down on abortion under any circumstances (yes, even in the case of rape or incest), here's your candidate. Mind you, Diane Beall Templin comes with some baggage-but heck, she's ready and willing to tell you her story via her website. And besides, as far as we know, she's the only candidate in this bloated race who's run for president of the United States.
Granted, she garnered fewer than 1,300 votes in that race, but that was back in 1996, and praise be, she only qualified for the ballot in two states. An obvious go-getter, Templin's also headlined losing campaigns for Congress, the San Marcos City Council (after actually serving there as a planning commissioner), state Assembly, state attorney general (twice) and U.S. Senate.
Her résumé is splattered with community work-eight months as manager of an Oceanside homeless shelter for women and children four years ago, provider of low-cost legal services from her Circle Drive home since 1981, and, she says, a foster parent for 68 children between 1985 and 1995.
With a bachelor's degree in social welfare and law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Templin has big plans if, God forbid, she should snap her losing streak and win the sweepstakes for the governor's mansion.
Here are some highlights from what she calls her "12-step program to heal California":
- "Pray for the wisdom of Solomon to select the best and brightest as counselors and advisors."
- Push for adoption of the so-called Liberty Amendment, which would eliminate the federal income tax.
- Repeal the car tax.
- Prosecute everyone involved in the energy crisis.
- Review Prop. 13 and actually lower property taxes while also depleting the state kitty further by sales-tax and state income tax reductions.
After those cutbacks, praying might come in handy for her other plans, which include secure borders and a balanced budget. (Apparently that will occur when she also eliminates what she calls "bureaucratic red tape.")
But Templin's most passionate cause is abortion-or rather, the total elimination of a woman's right to choose. An unflinching anti-abortionist, she calls herself "the only no-compromise candidate" in the recall race. On her website, she talks about how she had an abortion 24 years ago, only three years after giving birth to a daughter. She would later miscarry yet another child, blaming that episode on scar tissue from the earlier abortion.
She recently received the support of a group calling itself the 100% ProLife Political Action Committee. "Templin returned her questionnaire to PLPAC and promptly won its endorsement," a release said in explaining the group's rigorous candidate-picking process.
-John R. Lamb
This guy's age: 59
Where he hangs his hat: Solana Beach
Married? With children?: Married, four kids
What he says he does: Independent businessman
With whom does he Party?: Independents
Grew up in: Toronto, Canada and Pomona, Calif.
Best line from his website: "The dysfunctional, broken, unhealthy system of government in California marches on. Like Jason in Friday the 13th, you can't stop it."
Who'd play him in the movie: Steve Martin
Independent gubernatorial candidate Brian Tracy wants to sweep California's over-spending into the past with the broom of accountability. He's got a real problem with the "pigs at the trough," which is what he calls elected officials and their campaign contributors, and says enough is enough-more burbling plop-plop of taxpayer dollars into the trough for those pigs to consume while the rest of us are slopping around for social services.
A 59-year-old native of Canada, Tracy made himself a million dollars when he founded Brian Tracy International, a business-consulting firm based in San Diego since 1986. He's a world traveler who trained himself on the open global expressway, where has shifted gears from sales and marketing, to importation and distribution, to real estate and investments. And he's published his viaticum of knowledge in 27 books, some in more than 20 languages. Just out is a 28-minute CD called Plan For California. Written and produced by Tracy, the CD highlights his... well, his plan for California, which can also be read on his website.
Tracy is a self-proclaimed "turnaround specialist"-he wants to get in office, fix everything and get out. Tracy wants to fix state government in three years or less and split. Of course, the way he says it is more campaign-worthy: "restore the financial integrity of the government and the state, and then return to public life."
And why, you might ask, does he want to do this great favor for the state? To give something back, of course. According to his website, Tracy has plucked all the fruit that California has offered him and now, out of humility and gratitude, he wants to plant a few new trees, from which others might pluck some juicy goodness.
And it's no good to plant trees if you don't have rich enough soil-that's right, we're talking about education and California schools. Tracy is the product of public schools and all four of his children attend public schools. Meanwhile, the system is falling apart because, he says, the teacher's unions are "siphoning off most of the money to pay fat salaries for union workers who sit in downtown offices."
But Tracy has the answer: state-funded "opportunity scholarships" that will provide every child with a "first-class, private-school education," even those who are still stuck at the lousy, bankrupt public schools that haven't closed because not everyone can fit into-let alone fit in at-St. Montessori de Jesuit de Silva of the Cross.
Tracy knows he's a long-shot candidate, but he's optimistic as he heads into the "marathon phase" of the election.
Eric J. Korevaar
This guy's age: 44
Where he hangs his hat: La Jolla
Married? With children?: Married, one kid
What he says he does: High-technology consultant
With whom does he party?: Democrats
Grew up in: Madison, Wisc.
Best line from his website: "I have already achieved the major goals of my campaign. One goal was to get more votes than Darrell Issa, which is now assured since he has dropped out of the race."
Websites: voteforeric.com, noonrecall.com
Who'd play him in the movie: Chevy Chase
If this recall election were all about academic prowess, La Jolla resident Eric J. Korevaar might win in a landslide. Unfortunately, gap-toothed brawn and bucks seem to be outgunning brains in this particular race.
Nonetheless, Korevaar's schooling is impressive-one of five valedictorians from La Jolla High's Class of '77, bachelor's degree with honors in physics from Caltech in 1981 and a master's and a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.
In 2001, he married a University of San Diego biochemistry professor and in July became a first-time father, no doubt to a budding genius. "I'm running my campaign in between feeding and changing the baby," he chuckled. Three days a week he runs a consulting business that focuses on high-speed communications.
His father taught math at UCSD; his stepfather was a physics professor there. "My stepdad was a plasma physicist who worked on fusion all his life," the gubernatorial candidate told CityBeat. "I've been interested in energy for a long time."
Which explains Korevaar's top campaign issue-expanding the use of solar energy in everyday life and making California the epicenter for solar energy worldwide.
Unlike most politicians, he practices what he preaches. He has about $20,000 worth of solar panels up on his roof. ("It's nice to go outside and see the meter running backwards when it's a sunny day," he beams. "Even sometimes when it's a cloudy day.")
In addition, Korevaar has enlisted the camaraderie of a dozen other gubernatorial not-so-hopefuls who are running to protest the recall. "I'm really running against the recall," Korevaar explained. "So I'm not necessarily encouraging people to vote for me because it would be a waste of their vote."
Again, not your typical whore-for-votes politician, but what is typical about the Oct. 7 contest?
His website boasts that his campaign goals have been essentially met: "Eric Korevaar entered the race for governor... because he felt strongly that the recall election was bad for California and should be defeated, and that there should be a qualified Democrat on the ballot just in case.
"In addition, he wanted to send a message to politicians who might try to buy future elections through the recall process by getting more votes than Darrell Issa, who spent more than $1 million to get the current recall initiative qualified."
Along with his unique proposal to "create a state program" mandating that half of new construction include solar technology, Korevaar plans to auction his guest ticket to the Sept. 22 all-candidate taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to help defray the $2,460 cost of his voter guide statement.
Korevaar, ever the scientist, will call the high bidder his "Osmium Sponsor."
"This is much better than gold or platinum," his website notes. It's true. Look it up.
-John R. Lamb
This guy's age: 55
Where he hangs his hat: Rancho Penasquitos
Married? With children?: Oh yeah- two kids
What he says he does: Entrepreneur, author, scholar
With whom does he Party?: independents
Grew up in: Tehran, Iran
Who'd play him in the movie: Joe Pesci
The other immigrant
If George W. Bush decides, for whatever reason, to throw his considerable political girth behind a San Diego-area gubernatorial candidate, you can bet that lucky candidate is going to be Badi Badiozamani. Right there at the top of his website photo gallery is somewhat-startled-looking President standing beside Badiozamani, who appears to be showing Dubya where the camera is.
Lest you think Badi opportunistically jumped into the President's path while a cohort snapped the picture, Badiozamini is also photographed with highly placed Republicans Jack Kemp, Elizabeth Dole and, ahem, Dick Murphy. And he's not just friendly with the GOP-he's also seen posing with one of his main rivals, front-running Democrat Cruz Bustamante.
"Well, he's an elitist," you might be saying.
Nope, the website's also got him hobnobbing with rank-and-file Zulu tribesmen in South Africa and Lur tribesmen in Iran. The Iran location seems fitting, given that Badiozamani is Persian-in fact, he says he's the first Persian ever to run for governor in the United States.
Born in Tehran, Iran, where he spent his first 20 years, Badiozamani, as governor, could perhaps build a badly needed bridge of empathy between East and West in these hostile, xenophobic times. Apparently, he's got some experience doing just that; he's the founder and executive director of a nonprofit called the Center for East-West Understanding.
He's been in San Diego for the past 22 years, during which time he's headed two companies, Badi Communications, which provides interpretation and translation services, and Badi Insurance Agency. He's no stranger to politics, having toiled on various advisory boards and civic commissions and studied political science (doctorate) and public administration (master's) in school.
As your next governor, he'd make like Schwarzenegger and attempt to repeal the increase in vehicle license fees (the dreaded "car tax") and cater to the needs or businesses. He says he'd also try to stop any more fee increases at public universities. And he doesn't shy away from the impossible; one of his goals is to bring "honesty and integrity to California government."
Badiozamani might even have what it takes to repair the damage to the relationship between President Bush and California caused by Dubya's ass-whooping in the Golden State in the 2000 election. Not only have the two appeared in the same photo, but they also have the oil business in common-Badiozamani was a management analyst for the Oil Service Company of Iran.
Maybe he can do something about the price of gas.
Paul "Chip" Mailander
This guy's age: 37
Where he hangs his hat: Rancho Santa Fe
Married? With children?: Married, no kids
What he says he does: Golf pro
With whom does he Party?: Democrats
Grew up in: Omaha, Neb.
Best line from his website: "According to Webster's, a ‘governor' is also an attachment on a machine for automatic control or limitation of speed."
Who'd play him in the movie: Bill Murray
Our golfer-poet, Paul "Chip" Mailander, is the San Diego Democratic candidate to put the screws to the people who control state government. Mailander is campaigning on the precept that the state's top office and the device that prevents golf carts from running amok on the course are more than just homonyms-they're also synonyms.
Mailander discovered that the noun "governor" and the other noun "governor" are starkly similar and in an unprecedented turn of phrase, Mailander says if he is elected governor he will act as a governor on the drive train of democracy. Take notice of his website, where he promises to "initiate momentum or limit government's authority as necessary. Chip Mailander will... put a plan in place that will keep California from running out of control."
Not only does Mailander want to chip away at expenditures, but he also wants to keep a close eye on government officials-he wants to make sure they add a stroke every time they drop a ball. "As governor," he says he'll "maintain and publish a report on legislators and state employees showing their repeal scores-how many laws or regulations they have taken off the books. In short, [I] would like to grade public officials on how much they have reduced the burden of government and simplified the lives of the people they should be serving."
By running for office, Mailander is answering a call to duty. He is a man in demand-by old women in straw hats, pastel polo shirts and white pants as much as by concerned citizens. In an interview with latimes.com, he revealed how he came into the race: "One of our members [at Rancho Sante Fe Farms] came in last Sunday and said that of all the people, I should run. He said I was a great person and would make a great governor. I'd have to look at the fiscal crisis, then chip away at it, as they say in golf."
Golf has long been a leisure sport for politicians, but Mailander may be the first to recognize that it's not just a game, but also a metaphor for life and for public office; solving the state's economic crisis just takes years of practice and buckets of lost balls.
So, Mailander accepted the challenge to take governor's office from Gray Davis, and club members showed their support by raising the $3,500 required to enter the race. He was on his own, however, to collect the 65 signatures, and it proved harder than he thought, he told CityBeat, but in the end he prevailed and came up with a platform: "simplification and accountability."
A Nebraska native, Mailander-who also thinks of himself as a self-made man and a patriot, a minimalist and a beloved chum-moved to San Diego with the Navy in 1988. After eight years in the service, he left and became Chip: Golf Pro, and he's been correcting swings at Rancho Santa Fe Farms ever since.
Nathan Whitecloud Walton
This guy's age: 25
Where he hangs his hat: Raised in San Diego, he's currently attending Stanford University
Married? With children?: No and no
What he says he does: In grad school with an eye on working in international development.
With whom does he Party?: Independent
Grew up in: San Diego, but also New York and France
Best line from his website: About his appearance on the Roger Hedgecock show: "I guess I should admit that I let it fly on the show that Arnold probably couldn't pass a single class at Princeton."
Who'd play him in the movie: Jason Biggs
Young and idealist
Gubernatorial candidates apparently aren't welcome in Sacramento these days. When Nathan Whitecloud Walton went to Gov. Gray Davis' capital building office last month, he was treated like a pariah. "Nobody there would even talk to me," he says. "I even waited for 20 minutes in the lobby." Despite explaining to staff that he opposed the recall and wanted to get a better idea of the governor's positions on various issues in order to do some anti-recall rallying, Walton still got no respect.
"It was then," he says on the web diary he's been keeping for his potential constituents, "that I realized what this was all about, not Gray Davis, but the People."
Walton, 25, is the second youngest candidate on the Oct. 7 ballot-the youngest is 22. A fresh-faced athletic lad, young Walton exudes the idealism. "Have you ever had the desire to make a difference in your community, school, country or the entire world in which we all live?" he poses on his web site. "Do you often stop when you think of all the forces and people that don't want to see the status quo changed? This election is not an anomaly but the beginning of a larger trend toward fixing up our democracy.... It is time for people like you and me to take back what is rightfully ours; the control of our communities, our natural resources and our destiny."
The son of Bill Walton (yes, the Bill Walton, the former basketball star and current excitable hoops broadcaster), and brother of Luke Walton (who recently signed with the Lakers out of the University of Arizona), Nathan's a Princeton grad-political science-who's pursuing an MBA at Stanford. (He told CityBeat that if elected, he plans to govern and keep up with his studies.)
Quite the smart cookie, last year he started an investment hedge fund in New York and before that played pro basketball in France. Prior to setting his sights on an MBA, he worked as a consultant, advising businesses on how to be more socially conscious.
Perhaps if Walton had a little more time and money, he could garner a good majority of the youth vote-particularly from the young ladies.
Handsome, athletic, politically savvy and socially aware. Take that, Arnold.
George B. Schwartzman
This guy's age: 57
Where he hangs his hat: Carlsbad
Married? With children?: Divorced, two kids
What he says he does: businessman, medical field
Whom does he Party with?: Independents
Grew up in: Buffalo, N.Y.
Best line from his website: "I favor selling corporate naming rights for our public schools. Instead of a high school being named for example, Woodbridge High School, the high school might be named Home Depot High School of Irvine."
Who'd play him in the movie: William H. Macy
George B. Schwartzman is, before all else, a businessman. His pragmatic approach to California leadership is straightforward, direct and full of common sense. He talks about cutting a lot of fat out of the state's budget. He points out $4 billion that can be saved from medical fraud (his business sells urological equipment); $1 billion that can be raised from an innovative prisoner-work program and more than $1 billion that can be trimmed from the state schools administration without impacts on the classroom. Fixing the state's workers compensation dilemma will attract new businesses and income to the state, he says.
The single father of two kids (26 and 29), Schwartzman moved from Orange County to San Diego County in 1999. A native of Buffalo, N.Y. and a 1967 graduate of the University of Kentucky in business administration, Schwartzman moved to California 33 years ago to pursue a business opportunity.
Though his posters declare he's an "innovator," he sounds more like the Terminator in a phone conversation. When asked about his lack of political experience (which he touts as an advantage) and the idea of facing a capitol that is awash in dog-eat-dog politics, he says, "I've dealt with hostile situations before, it's nothing unusual. The people who I'll be dealing with will have gotten the message with the recall. I think they know that if they don't shape up, they'll be next."
An independent, he hopes to bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans. And unlike many of the other candidates, Schwartzman