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San Mateo, Santa Clara County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Member; California State Assembly; District 21 Voter Information

Results as of Nov 14 11:14am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (411/411)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Joe Simitian 70,696 votes 60.6%

  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: California State Assemblymember
  • Former County Supervisor, Santa Clara County
  • Former Mayor, City of Palo Alto
  • Past President, Palo Alto School Board
  • Past President, League of California Cities Peninsula Division and Santa Clara County School Boards' Association
  • Co-Chairperson, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group Housing Leadership Council
  • Education: Palo Alto High School; BA, Colorado College; MCP, UC Berkeley; JD, UC Berkeley; MA (International Policy Studies), Stanford University.
  • Housing
  • Economy
  • Education
James A "Jim" Russell 41,925 votes 35.9%

    Official Ballot Statement

  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: High School Principal
  • Teacher American Government/Civics
  • BA Political Science
  • Masters Public Administration
  • Private sector management
  • Kiwanis Club board member
  • Homeowners Association President
  • Re-invigorate the public school system
  • Promote job growth not job flight
  • Improve the state highway system
Raymond M. Bell, Jr. 4,178 votes 3.5%
(This candidate has not responded to Smart Voter)
  • Party: Libertarian
  • Occupation: Engineer
  • Phone: 650-354-5407; Addr: 2823 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94062; Email:

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  • About the Candidates - Browse the page to find the link for Assembly District 21. Then find Biography, Campaign Finances, Issue Positions (NPAT), Special Interest Groups, and Voting Record where available.

Candidates Forum
Oct. 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m., West Valley College Campus Center, Baltic Rm. (use the Fruitvale parking lot)
sponsored by the League of Women Voters of S.W. Santa Clara Valley

Candidates Forum
Oct. 10, 7:30 - 9 p.m., Menlo Park Council Chamber, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Co-sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of South San Mateo County and Palo Alto.

Candidates Forum
Oct. 16, 7:00 - 9 p.m., Almaden Community Center, 6455 Camden Ave., San Jose (and candidates for U.S.Cong.Dist. 15 & 16)
sponsored by the Almaden Valley Community Assoc.

Candidates Forum for 19th and 21st Assembly District and 8th Senate District
Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 - 9:30 pm, Peninsula Community Foundation, 1700 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo. Sponsored by Child Care Coordinating Council of SM Co. and Peninsula Library System.
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