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January 8, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 475 words
Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630 or Mark Pulido at (562) 712-2093

LOCALS COME ON BOARD AS ORTON RACE IN 67TH GRINDS OUT OF FIRST GEAR


      A state senator, assistant district attorney, and local city councilman are joining area school board members, commissioners and other officials to back Assembly candidate WILLIAM R. "BILL" ORTON (D-Seal Beach), as his campaign for the state legislature "slips into second gear."

      "Much of what I hoped would happen in my race is already falling into place," said Orton, who has been precinct walking in Anaheim since New Year's Day. "Ordinary voters of both parties have said that I'm the first candidate in a long time to have come to their door to talk about what is truly important to them."

      Orton, who has lived in the 67th district since 1968, picked up the public endorsement of California State Senator Betty Karnette. Orton is keen to work closely with Karnette, who sits on the Senate Transportation Committee, to help kill a controversial 75-foot-tall HOV interchange alongside the Rossmoor community.

      "Being a member of the majority party will help me to line up the votes needed to stop this HOV interchange that no one in the community wants," said Orton, who has written to lawmakers seeking the project's demise. "If Betty and Joe Dunn and other senators can starve this project of budget money, then it can't get built."

      Orton is also calling for the creation of a tax credit for joint-filing households with a "stay-at-home" parent; cleaning OC's beaches by upgrading sewers, storm drains and waste treatment plants; and waiving state fees for veterans who apply for a fishing or hunting license.

      Joining Karnette in supporting Orton are LA County Assistant District Attorney John Allen, Water District Trustee Don Dear, Cerritos Planning Commissioner Rosemary Economy, LB School Board Member Karin Polacheck, ABCUSD School Board Member Mark Pulido.

      Seal Beach City Councilman Paul Yost -- one of Orton's early supporters -- joined 50 district residents in signing the official papers to put Orton's name on the ballot.

      Orton also has the support of high school history teacher Aaron Bruhnke, the Reverend Charlie Ara, Martin Ara, Joseph Beason, Barbara Douglass, Randy Economy, Don Gaines, Eugenia Gordon, Jamie Hamilton, Jim Hansberry, Ronald Nelson, Maxine Robinson, Mark and Marti Sheldon, and Ken Williams.

      In November, Orton earned the statewide COPE endorsement of the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor organizations in California.

      Perhaps more striking than the early endorsement is that in barely two months of campaigning, Orton has pieced together more than $6,000 for his campaign. "I'm slipping into second gear with the turning of the New Year," said the candidate. "I intend to raise $50,000 by June, when I go straight into third gear up to Labor Day."

      As might be guessed, Orton learned to drive on a stick shift.

      Anyone wishing for more information may visit or write to Bill Orton, at either or to 85 Riversea Road, Seal Beach, CA 90740.
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      BILL ORTON is the Democratic candidate for State Assembly in the 67th District, which covers Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, and portions of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster.
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