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San Jose Mercury News (bayarea.com)

By Mike Zapler
Mercury News

Just in case none of the 135 replacement candidates on the recall ballot suits your tastes, there are -- incredibly -- even more choices: An additional 26 people have qualified as write-in candidates, according to a list provided by the Secretary of State's Office on Wednesday.

Among the contenders are Jim ``Poorman'' Trenton, a sidekick to radio DJ Rick Dees of ``Weekly Top 40'' fame, Mathilda Karel Spak, a 100-year-old woman from Long Beach who failed to qualify as a regular candidate the first go-round, and Donald Wang of Oakland, also known as ``The Wang.''

Two candidates hail from Santa Clara County: Vincent Pallaver of San Jose and Jurlene Jeanne Kokoa White of Campbell, neither of whom could be reached for comment.

The write-in contenders won't appear on the ballot, but polling places are required to provide their names to voters who request them. If you're considering casting a ballot for one of the write-ins, it's a good idea to ask a poll worker how to do it, since the procedure varies by county.

To qualify to receive votes, the write-ins had to collect 65 signatures from registered voters of their own party and turn them in by Tuesday. Unlike the candidates whose names will appear on the ballot, they did not have to pay a $3,500 filing fee. Write-in votes that are cast for people who did not qualify will be discarded.

The most well-known of the write-in candidates appears to be Trenton, a Southern California radio personality who describes himself as ``a total surfer.'' A Republican, Trenton said he would work to legalize gambling, marijuana and prostitution -- and tax the proceeds to close the state's massive budget gap. His campaign slogan is ``A Poor Man for a Poor State.''

Trenton figures he's at least as qualified as the main contenders.

``Arnie doesn't know any more than I do,'' Trenton said, referring to actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, ``and the people who are in politics, what do they know about living in society?''

But Trenton, 39, acknowledged he has a steep road ahead.

``If I can get 100 votes, it'll be like I won in a landslide,'' he said. Under the state's rules, candidates can designate alterative names that voters can write in, instead of the person's full name. Only six of the 26 candidates did so. One can vote for Trenton, for instance, simply by writing ``Poorman.'' Wang, who's from Oakland and couldn't be reached Wednesday afternoon, is eligible to receive votes under several nicknames, including ``The Wang'' and ``Wangster.''


WRITE IN "THE WANG" ON 7 OCTOBER

Hmmm.....that almost has a ring to it.

I have yet to find a list of all 26 write-ins, but I've bugged the Secretary of State's office and also Dan Weintraub.

In the meantime, here's the 99only.com (via Business Wire) press release announcing Spak's restarted campaign (businesswire.com) - you may recall that she failed to get enough valid signatures the first go 'round - actually, I expect nobody to remember this but me, come to think of it ;-)

Geez, I REALLY should have scraped up the signatures - I could have listed "CRZ" as a nickname, as well as "The Other Wangster."



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