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San Mateo, Santa Clara County, CA March 2, 2004 Election
Member of the State Assembly; District 21; Democratic Party Voter Information

You can vote in this contest only if registered in the Democratic party, or as "Decline to State" requesting a Democratic ballot at your polling location.

Results as of Mar 26 4:14pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (375/375)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Ira Ruskin Click here for more information about this candidate 20,922 votes 37.4%

  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: City Councilmember/Businessman
  • BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley
  • MA from Stanford University in Communications
  • Redwood City Council, elected 1995, re-elected 1999, re-elected 2003, Mayor of Redwood City, 1999-2001
  • Chair, San Francisco Bay Area Regional Water System Financing Authority (current)
  • San Mateo County Joint Powers Authority (for emergency medical response) + former
  • San Mateo County Transportation Authority (current)
  • Protect the environment
  • Improve public education and services for families
  • Create affordable housing
John Carcione Click here for more information about this candidate 20,142 votes 36%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Attorney/Child Advocate
  • Court-Appointed Child Advocate, Child Advocates of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
  • President, West Bay Sanitary District (1999-Present)
  • Board Member, West Bay Sanitary District (2001-Present)
  • Member, National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Member, Sierra Club & California League of Conservation Voters
  • Graduate, Bellarmine College Prep, Georgetown University, U.C. Hastings College of Law
  • Restore excellence in our public schools and stand up for California's children
  • Provide quality and affordable healthcare for all Californians
  • Protect our environment, Improve our economy and create jobs
John H Barton Click here for more information about this candidate 8,319 votes 14.8%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Educator/Trustee/Architect
  • BA and MA in Architecture, UC Berkeley
  • Stanford Professor
  • Palo Alto School Board Trustee
  • Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Role Model Program, Board Member
  • Redwood City Child Development Center
  • Education
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Housing and Protecting Open Space
Barbara Nesbet Click here for more information about this candidate 6,618 votes 11.8%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Attorney/Council Member
  • Councilmember, City of Monte Sereno
  • Past Mayor, City of Monte Sereno
  • Former Deputy City Attorney
  • Attorney with a background in high-tech, estate planning, and government
  • BA cum laude, Harvard University
  • MBA and JD, University of California, Davis
  • Improve California's education system, including early childhood education and smaller class sizes.
  • Provide health care that is high-quality, affordable, and accessible.
  • Create a healthy and vibrant economy in the Bay Area and California, with a clean and protected environment.

Basic candidate data supplied by the Secretary of State. All candidates have been invited to supply additional information to Smart Voter. Order of candidates is random and changes daily.
  Candidates Answer Questions

The League of Women Voters of California has asked all candidates for this office to respond to 4 questions on Budget Crisis, Education, Water, and Health Insurance.


League Candidate Forums

  • CANCELLED due to conflict - Wed. Feb. 18 7-9pm Candidate Forum at Los Gatos Neighborhood Center, Fiesta Way at Main, Los Gatos
  • Watch Online Forum - From League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County. (need RealOne Player).

    Televised candidate forum shown on Peninsula TV, cable Channel 26 on:
    Friday, February 13th at 9 pm
    Saturday, February 14th at 8 pm
    Sunday, February 15th at 9 pm
    Monday, February 16th at 7 pm
    Thursday, February 19th at 8 pm
    Friday, February 20th at 10 pm

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Secretary of State

State Assembly Calif. State Legislative Counsel (Leginfo)
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  • About the Candidates - Click on "Assembly", then browse the next page to find the candidates with "District seeking" for 21. Then find Biography, Campaign Finances, Issue Positions (NPAT), Special Interest Groups, and Voting Record where available.
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