This is an archive of a past election.
See for current information.
LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund

Smart Voter
Alameda County, CA November 2, 2004 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Member of the State Assembly; District 18

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California and asked of all candidates for this office.

See below for questions on Budget Crisis, Education, Water, Health Insurance

Click on a name for other candidate information.   See also more information about this contest.

1. What does California need to do to address the current budget crisis?

Answer from Ronald J. Colfer:

Reduce government expenditures by eliminating redundant programs such as Cal-EPA and Cal-OSHA, both of which have federal counterparts. Reduce entitlement spending by changing the benifit package for all newly hired state workers. Require that all state agencies spend no more that 15% of the agencies budget on administration. Release all prisoners that were convicted of "victimless" crimes, such as recreational drug use.

2. What should the state's priorities be for K-12 education? For the Community College System?

Answer from Ronald J. Colfer:

K-12 education should be placed in the control of local governments such as city and county. As far as the Community College System goes, the administrative costs must be reduced so that no more than 15% of the budget is consumed by administrators.

3. What measures would you support to address California's water needs?

Answer from Ronald J. Colfer:

Greater emphasis on conservation and especially recycling and reuse. Also all conservation measures that are implemented shall be implememted statewide.

4. What should the Legislature be doing to address the needs of Californians without health insurance?

Answer from Ronald J. Colfer:

Investigate the possibility of setting up a user fee supported health insurance service.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League. 

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily.

This Contest || Home (Ballot Lookup) || About Smart Voter || Feedback
Created: December 15, 2004 13:39 PST
Smart Voter <>
Copyright © League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.
The League of Women Voters neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office or political parties.