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August 26, 2002
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Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630 or by email at <firstname.lastname@example.org>Orton accepts refusal to run ballot statement
(ORANGE COUNTY, CA.) -- State Assembly candidate Bill Orton (D-Seal Beach) accepted the decision of election officials, who denied the candidate from buying space for a 250-word statement in the County's official sample ballot due to be mailed out shortly to voters.
"I checked the wrong box on an election form 42 weeks ago," said Orton. "I'll just chalk this one up as a learning experience."
Orton faced a similar challenge in the March primary, when election officials errantly accepted and cashed the candidate's campaign check for $2,800 before telling him that he was not eligible to have a statement printed. Ultimately, his $2,800 was refunded.
Under obscure provisions of the voter-approved Proposition 34, no candidate can place a statement in the sample ballot unless they accept "voluntary" campaign finance limits. The actual form given to candidates last November dealing with the voluntary limits made no mention of the sample ballot provision. The issue was mentioned, however, in a single sentence buried in a candidate's handbook provided by the County.
Orton is not the only candidate to have missed that sentence. Incumbent state Assemblyman Ken Maddox (R-Garden Grove) failed to comply with the law and was also denied the chance to have a statement included in the sample ballot.
Unlike Orton, who chose to let the matter rest, Maddox pressed his case all the way up the chain to Secretary of State Bill Jones, who denied the Assemblyman's request.
"I don't want to snivel like Mr. Maddox," said Orton, who did not hand in a check or the statement.
Orton said that in lieu of a printed statement, he plans to visit each of the nine City Councils in his district to read his 250 words to officials, audience members and, in seven of the communities, to the television viewers.
Orton faces freshman Assemblymember Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) in the November 5 election.
TEXT OF ORTON'S 250-WORD STATEMENT:
I'm Bill Orton.
I’m running for State Assembly.
I’m 40, have lived here since first grade, am married, and the father of one.
To me, government’s job is to help make life better for ordinary people.
People shouldn’t get sick just because they go in the ocean. We need to clean up our coastline and rivers.
Parents shouldn’t worry that their children are getting a substandard education. We need a credentialed teacher in every classroom, a computer on every child’s desk and a nurse on every campus.
Small investors shouldn’t fear catastrophic news when the mailman delivers earnings reports. We need tougher oversight on accounting and corporate audits.
Pro-choice, pro-labor, pro-environment? Yes.
Support the death penalty? Yes, I do.
Enough gun laws already? Yes.
Drivers licenses to illegal immigrants? No.
Help seniors & kids with health care. Absolutely.
Label genetically modified foods, ban human cloning & promote stem cell research. We should.
Waive fees on hunting and fishing licenses for veterans. Yes.
The Assemblyman ought to be like Pizza Man. You ought to see him all the time and he ought to “deliver.” When you need help, I’ll cut red tape and give you the service you deserve.
I believe that a nation such as ours, born of revolution and sustained through sacrifice, can reap an endless harvest of miracles.
Old Glory can fly over a cleaner ocean, safer streets, invigorated classrooms and above the world’s most productive people.
I’m Bill Orton
I’d sure like your vote for Assembly.
For more information, write an
email message directly to Bill.
I’d sure like your vote for Assembly.
For more information, write an email message directly to Bill.