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California State Government March 5, 2002 Election
Insurance Commissioner; State of California; Republican Party Voter Information

Results as of Apr 10 12:24pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (22976/22976)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Gary Mendoza 804,772 votes 41.8%
(This candidate has not responded to Smart Voter)

  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Businessman
  • Phone: 213-229-5065; Addr: 300 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 2900, Los Angeles, CA 90071; Email:
Stefan "Watchdog" Stitch 702,479 votes 36.4%
(This candidate has not responded to Smart Voter)
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Insurance Auditor
  • Phone: 323-269-0178; Addr: 1511 Sawtelle Blvd., # 341, Los Angeles, CA 90025; Email:
Wes Bannister 422,132 votes 21.8%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Small Business Owner
  • 1990 Republican nominee for State Insurance Commissioner
  • Former Mayor, Councilman, Huntington Beach
  • Governing Board, CA FAIR Plan, Appointed by Governor in 1987, and every governor since has reappointed him
  • Nearly 40 years in insurance industry including owning his own brokerage agency since 1974
  • Board Member, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Member, Municipal Water District of Orange County, re-elected three times
  • Reduce insurance rates for all Californians
  • Make the Dept. of Insurance responsible for and responsive to California consumers
  • Restore business-like mangement and professionalism to the Office of Insurance Commissioner

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  • Candidates On-the-Air - RealAudio archive of Forum program aired 2/19/02 (.5 hour) hosted by Michael Krasny. Guests: Bannister and Mendoza.
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