Party: Filed as nonpartisan but registered as a member of the Reform Party.
Occupation: Market coordinator for Best Buy’s district office in Sacramento.
Education: Spent two years studying political science at Santa Rosa Junior College in 1998-2000 (did not graduate).
Career highlights: Ran for Congress in California District 6 in 2002 as a Reform Party candidate. Is chairman of the board of the Reform Party of California.
Quote: “Our message, which has been the same for the last 10 years, is fiscal responsibility and political accountability. We’re primarily interested in the financial well-being of the United States and keeping American jobs in the U.S.”
Ned F. Roscoe
Occupation: President of family-owned national discount cigarette chain.
Family: Married, three children
Education: B.A. in economics, University of Chicago, 1982.
Career Highlights: Family has been in the grocery business since 1957. In 1990s, began specializing in discount cigarettes. More than 300 stores in 20 states, including 150 in California. Sponsored Proposition 28, an unsuccessful attempt to repeal the cigarette tax in 2000.
Quote: “No new taxes, no new stupid laws I have a better chance of winning the election than I do of purchasing a winning lottery ticket.”
Occupation: Co-owner of Rushford Construction
Residence: San Jose
Family: Married; two children, two grandchildren
Education: San Jose High School, 1969
Career Highlights: Member of Managed Care Reform Council and Kaiser Permanente Reform Committee.
Quote: “I’m taking this opportunity to use my firsthand experience with problems within the health-care industry and the flaws within the mandatory arbitration system to bring justice back into managed care.”
Occupation: Software engineer
Residence: Mountain View
Family: Single, no children
Education: B.A. in computer science, UC Berkeley, 1999
Career Highlights: Ten-year member of Death Penalty Focus, a nonprofit group working to abolish the death penalty.
Quote: “The current list of candidates is career politicians and millionaires; I’m running so someone can represent the average Californian.”