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 http://www.ElectCollett.com .