US House District 36-CA: Candidate Claims “Marijuana Will Be Legal In 2012”

From a media release by the Collett campaign:

Candidate Steve Collett Uses California’s Legalization Momentum to Draw California Voters to his Campaign.

On Saturday, Steve Collett announced his candidacy for Jane Harman’s vacated seat for the 36th US Congressional District. Bruce’s Beach was used as a backdrop for the would be Representative to announce his candidacy to supporters and media alike. Mr. Collett, a 30 year resident of the district, then took the opportunity to spell out his platform, addressing the decriminalization on Marijuana directly.

“Marijuana will be legal in California 2012,” Steve Collett said to a throng of enthusiastic supporters. “I will go Washington and fight for California’s right to self determination on decriminalization of marijuana.” Collett’s strategy is to leverage what he considers significant momentum for ending prohibition on marijuana in California. Over 46% of voters voted in favor of Proposition 19 and Collett predicts that the issue is likely to continue in popularity.

When asked how he appealed to the aerospace industries that are crammed into his would-be district, Collett stated that his issue was a “no-brainer” for engineers who deal in facts and reality every day. Aerospace workers are educated and concerned by the problems caused by a criminal approach to solving what is really a health issue. He also stated that he was dedicated to the prosperity that aerospace brings to California and its importance in a world marketplace. Mr. Collett believes it important that voters elect an US Representative that will protect California workers should voters change the law.

A virtual unknown in political circles and running on the Libertarian Party ticket, Steve Collett chose a controversial way to launch his efforts. A bid to weigh in with heavyweights Janice Hahn and Marcy Winograd leading as the front runners in what is likely going to be a 18 way race. The official list will be certified on March 30th, but the list of candidates is long with in addition to Mr. Collett, five democrats, six Republicans, Peace and Freedom Candidate Maria E. Montano of Venice and five others who will be listed on the ballot as “No Party Preference”.

Additional uncertainty in this election is likely as Debra Bowen, the elected California Secretary of State in charge of supervising elections has also thrown her hat in the ring on one of the first elections since California’s new “Top Two” election rules went into effect. With the chief executive over elections running in an election where the rules are uncertain and open to interpretation there is some expectation that this race will have a lot of controversy built in.

Confusion over the rules has sparked law suits and complaints from would be candidates and with all special elections, a number of unknowns are running in the race presumably they could narrow the votes for every candidate leaving some chance for a dark-horse to charge in with a surprise first or second place showing in the mid teens if their issue turns out to be strong. “15% of the vote count could put me in the race.” says Steve Collett, “Because this is going to be a special election just 12,000 voters could do it. It is a brand new day in election politics.”

The Steve Collett for Congress Campaign was formed to support Stephen P. Collett’s race for the 36th Congressional District in California. The 36th District includes a number of Los Angeles beach cities from Venice to Redondo Beach, Torrance and others. District maps, voter information and more information on the candidate including a frequently updated blog roll, can be found at .

11 thoughts on “US House District 36-CA: Candidate Claims “Marijuana Will Be Legal In 2012”

  1. Pete Thottam

    Marcy Winograd’s Congressional recent campaign in 2010 was one about what sort of country and citizenry we want to be. I’ve known Marcy for many years. She absolutely — with no reservations — is a real leader and deserves this district’s voters’ votes and word-of-mouth support.

    Marcy Winograd has been an organized, genuine, hard working, committed and passionate activist in the Anti-War movement, the 2006-2008 Bush/Cheney impeachment movement (Kucinich’s HR 333), Healthcare Reform movement and other progressive efforts to authentically restore the People’s voice to national government. Marcy received close to 38% of the vote in the 2006 primary and over 41% when she ran against Jane Harman in last summer’s June 8th primary.

    Marcy Winograd is not a party machine puppet or party sycophant who will humbly do what the party elders & attendant drones command. Not at all. She is a terrific individual and activist. Winograd is a teacher & citizen who has inspired countless thousands over the last decade. She puts her time, money and — perhaps most importantly — her heart where her words are. Marcy is a thinker and a doer : an authentic voice the likes of which voters are hungry for in these cynical and hard economic times. Marcy is the truest and most progressive voice for for this district’s voters. She is aligned with their economic & social interests and — importantly — with their deeper values and their concerns about the directions this country has taken over the last decade.

  2. Gains

    Reading this guys blog roll it looks to me like he and Marcy have some significant sameness’s, and a few significant differences.

    As a libertarian, I really appreciate Marcy’s dogged progressive stance on Anti-War and Marijuana Law Reform. I think also as a libertarian, there are people who differ with her on approaches to other social issues like caring for the disadvantaged that appeal to a completely different voter.

    It looks like this guy finds appeal in the fiscal conservative and is running a an educational campaign on anti-prohibition. These two should leverage each others parallel issues, and get out the issue voters, Ms. Winograd would probably prosper were there a conservative also getting out the pro-pot vote on that side of the fence and away from the GOP favorite.

    She has Bowen and Hahn to compete against and of them I kinda like her best, myself. The new top two rules make for a very interesting game afoot. I think Winograd is a dark horse Democrat with a really good shot. I think the GOP is a non-starter in that district this race from Gerrymandering.

    In the end, I bet that Marcy Winograd’s pull will be primarily from the already very strong progressive registered democrat in the first round. Most of the DTS in the beach cities are disaffected libertarians. Progressives have a lot of support for their kin. Marcy will not be able to mobilize them, this Collett guy might. That would only serve to raise the bar on Marcy’s competition and provide her a mobilized issue base for the second round which likely will be two democrats.

    The worst that could happen for her would be Collett mobilizing enough DTS that she was second round against him. Then as the incumbent party she would still be sitting pretty.

  3. Mark Seidenberg

    The American Independent Party of California
    has endorsed CREG HUEY for the 36th congressional seat. Only the American Independent and the Peace & Freedom made
    endorsements in this election. Even with only one Libertarian running the LP party would not place an endorsement of Collett in the sample
    ballot. Does this mean the LP will not back him?
    What the the leadership of the LP thinking, when they will not list an endorsement in the
    Sample Ballot at no charge. What should the voters of the 36th district think, when the only
    candidate with LP can not get an endorsement
    from his own party?
    Sincerely, Mark Seidenberg, Vice Chairman,
    American Independent Party

  4. Gains

    With the timing of this election being so chaotic (the resignation date was kept secret, the ILOF dates secret, etc…), it is not much of a surprise that there were so few party endorsements. Out of curiosity, what bump in voter response does a candidate get with an AIP endorsement historically? You seem very proud of it. I would think that with all the DTS’s out there party loyalty is a decreasingly valued commodity for identity politics and is far more valuable for networking and support.

  5. Gains

    HT @ 7:

    Nice 🙂

    The Libertarians must be pretty active in that area. The article says that the certified list will be released on the 30th; tomorrow.

  6. Gains

    It looks like the AIP candidate is a Republican?

    Herb Peters is a good long time LP dude. That’s too bad. There was a primary run off in the 58th AD in California for Libertarians last year. It was fun to watch two people who liked each other debate and compete for Libertarians to vote for them. They went and stuped at regions that they were in, made friends, built bridges. Competition kept in reasonable bounds is happy and healthy.

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