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Los Angeles County, CA September 13, 2005 Election
Member of the State Assembly; District 53 Voter Information

Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Ted W. Lieu Click here for more information about this candidate 25,285 votes 59.9%

  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Torrance Councilmember/Reservist
  • Former Commissioner, Environmental Quality & Energy Conservation Commission
  • Board Member,Torrance/South Bay YMCA
  • Board Member, Switzer Center School
  • Member, Heal the Bay
  • Member, Sierra Club
  • Member, Friends of Madrona Marsh
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Transportation
Mary Jo Ford Click here for more information about this candidate 8,108 votes 19.2%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Businesswoman/Physician/Educator
  • Doctorate of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, Columbia University, New York
  • Owner, Phoenix Pain Medicine
  • Contributor, Nature Conservancy
  • Member, National Geographic Society
  • Member, Manhattan Beach Educational Foundation
  • Redistribute school monies to the classroom, away from bureaucracy
  • Full funding of Prop 42 for traffic relief
  • Protecting our beaches and ocean from pollution
Paul Michael Nowatka Click here for more information about this candidate 4,928 votes 11.7%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Councilmember/Educator
  • Torrance Councilman
  • Director, Southern California Association of Governments
  • Retired Police Lieutenant
  • Chair Workforce Investment Network Policy Board
  • Board, Torrance Education Foundation
  • Board, Salvation Army
  • Good schools for our children
  • Hold government accountable
  • Ensure our security
Greg Hill (withdrawn) Click here for more information about this candidate 2,109 votes 5.0%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Mayor of Redondo Beach (retired), Businessman
  • Mayor of Redondo Beach (1997-2005)
  • Redondo Beach City Council (1993-1997)
  • MBA from the University of Southern California (named USC Entrepreneur of the Year)
  • Small Business Owner
  • 13 Years Experience as an Engineer
  • Keep the state government fiscally accountable and stop wasting money.
  • Invest in our state's infrastructure (including education).
  • Protect individuals and businesses from excessive taxes and regulations.
Paul Whitehead Click here for more information about this candidate 912 votes 2.2%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: High School Teacher, Masters Political Science, Cal State LA
  • Teaching ENGLISH and GOVERNMENT to 180 students each day for the past 9 years LAUSD
  • 2004 Nominee for Congress, California's 36th District/ 2004 Primary winner receiving 44% of the vote over 2 others Gloria Davis and Lee Leslie
  • 1988 Paid Staffer for then-Vice President's GHW Bush's Presidential campaign. In charge of $25 million dollar VP Travel Budget
  • YES to a leash-free dog beach at Dockweiler, YES to more Industrial Arts Education in our High Schools
  • YES to saving our Ballona Wetlands, YES to keeping (310) area code in tact, YES to saving L.A. Air Force Base, and YES to better Senior Transportation
  • NO to Playa Vista Construction, NO to LAX expansion, NO to airport pollution, and NO to negative campaigning.
  • I will introduce legislation to strengthen public transportation programs, particularly the Para-Access/Para-Transit programs that serve our Seniors
  • I will sponsor legislation to require more industrial arts/trade-tech classes in California High Schools, especially for students not going to college
James R. "Jim" Smith Click here for more information about this candidate 843 votes 2.0%
  • Party: Peace and Freedom
  • Occupation: Educator/Journalist
  • Teacher/co-founder, University of Venice
  • Writer, Venice Beachhead newspaper
  • Board, SoCal Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
  • Treasurer, Venice Neighborhood Council, 2003-05
  • Communications Director, Calif. Faculty Assn. 1997-2002
  • M.A., Sociology - Cal State, Northridege
  • Save the environment
  • Free, quality health care for all Californians
  • More funding for education, affordable housing, equality & jobs

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  Official Information

District 53 map and statistics - defines district boundaries for this election

Fact Sheet from the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (Press Release dated 8/31/05; pdf format)
Partisan Information

Assembly Democratic Caucus


Candidates Forum - September 8th

  • When? Thursday, September 8, 2005, 4 to 6
  • Where? Torrance Cultural Arts Center - Toyota Meeting Hall - 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance 90404
  • And it's FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Hosted by the City of Torrance, Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, and South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce. For more info, call 310-540-5858 or go to
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