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February 1, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630

Tribulation over sample ballot turns to triumph without trial

      (ORANGE COUNTY) -- State Assembly candidate William R. "Bill" Orton (D-Seal Beach) may actually be better known at this moment by Republican voters in his district than by his own fellow Democrats.

      "When I filed to run for the 67th state Assembly district race, I paid $2,800 to have a 250-word statement included in the sample ballot," said Orton, a Democrat who is unopposed in the March 5th primary.

      "A few days ago, when the sample ballots starting arriving in mailboxes, some Democratic voters asked me why my statement wasn't in there."

      After calls to Orange County Registrar Rosalyn Lever, Orton was told that elections officials had indeed failed to print his primary ballot statement in the booklet sent to Democratic voters.

      "The Registrar confirmed that my 250 words did appear in the Republican sample ballot, which is fine, because I do need to win support from everyone," said Orton, "but since I am running for the Democratic nomination, I would like the people who are voting in my race to know what I stand for."

      Orton's statement calls for the creation of a new refundable "stay-at-home" parent tax credit, for joint-filing households where one of the parents is home raising the kids.

      "No one works harder than a stay-at-home parent," says Orton.

      The Seal Beach Democrat also calls for greater help with childcare for working parents, health care security for children and seniors, plus free hunting and fishing licenses for veterans.

      After a "very professional and courteous" talk, says Orton, he and Registrar Lever agreed that the county would print the missing candidate statement and send it to the 71,000 registered Democrats in Orton's Assembly district who should have gotten it originally.

      No new sample ballot booklets will be printed, but a sheet with Orton's statement will be tucked into the already-printed Democratic sample ballots that will be sent out to additional Democratic voters who register in time for the March 5th primary.

      Orton, a resident of his district since 1968, says he is pleased that a solution could be found through a simple talk.

      County Registrar Lever "couldn't have been more helpful," said Orton. She even apologized twice for the error, he said.

      "I feared that this would become some ugly legal mess," said Orton. "Instead, because of some really fine service by county officials, this little tribulation turned into a triumph without a trial."

      The 67th District covers Anaheim, Cypress, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Stanton and Westminster.

      Orton will face Republican Tom Harman in the November election. Anyone wishing to find out more may surf to Orton's website, which is located at .

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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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