California elections, 1994

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California's state elections were held November 8, 1994. Necessary primary elections were held on June 7. Up for election were all the seats of the California State Assembly, 20 seats of the California Senate, seven constitutional officers, all the seats of the California Board of Equalization, as well as votes on retention of two Supreme Court justices and various appeals court judges. Ten ballot measures were also up for approval. Municipal offices were also included in the election.[1]

Constitutional Offices[edit]

Governor[edit]

See also California gubernatorial election, 1994.
1994 California gubernatorial election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pete Wilson (incumbent) 4,781,766 55.2%
Democratic Kathleen Brown 3,519,766 40.6%
Libertarian Richard Rider 149,281 1.7%
American Independent Jerome McCready 133,870 1.5%
Peace and Freedom Gloria Estela LaRiva 80,440 0.9%
No party Write-ins 219 0.0%
Invalid or blank votes 235,261 2.64%
Totals 8,900,603 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

See also California lieutenant governor election, 1994.
1994 Lieutenant Governor of California election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gray Davis 4,441,429 52.42%
Republican Cathie Wright 3,412,777 40.28%
Peace and Freedom Jaime Luis Gomez 185,254 2.19%
Libertarian Bob New 180,896 2.13%
Green Daniel Moses 160,093 1.89%
American Independent Robert W. Lewis 92,642 1.09%
Invalid or blank votes 427,545 4.80%
Totals 8,473,091 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

Secretary of State[edit]

See also California Secretary of State election, 1994.
2002 California Secretary of State election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Jones 3,727,894 45.27%
Democratic Tony Miller 3,690,841 44.82%
Green Margaret Garcia 315,079 3.83%
Libertarian Peggy Christensen 248,748 3.02%
American Independent Dorothy Kreiss Robbins 151,720 1.84%
Peace and Freedom Israel Feuer 99,916 1.21%
Invalid or blank votes 666,438 7.49%
Totals 8,900,636 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

Controller[edit]

See also California State Controller election, 1994.
1994 California State Controller election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathleen Connell (incumbent) 3,983,053 48.32%
Republican Tom McClintock 3,796,387 46.06%
Peace and Freedom Elizabeth Nakano 182,836 2.22%
American Independent Nathan E. Johnson 152,356 1.85%
Libertarian Cullene Marie Lang 128,378 1.56%
Invalid or blank votes 657,626 7.39%
Totals 8,900,636 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

Treasurer[edit]

See also California State Treasurer election, 1994.
1994 California State Treasurer election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matt Fong 3,970,308 48.46%
Democratic Phil Angelides 3,488,891 42.58%
Libertarian John Petersen 335,452 4.09%
American Independent George M. McCoy 203,419 2.48%
Peace and Freedom Jan B. Tucker 195,667 2.39%
No party Write-ins 47 0.00%
Invalid or blank votes 706,852 7.94%
Totals 8,900,636 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

Attorney General[edit]

See also California Attorney General election, 1994.
1994 California Attorney General election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Lungren (incumbent) 4,438,733 53.86%
Democratic Tom Umberg 3,256,070 39.51%
Libertarian Richard N. Burns 274,335 3.33%
Peace and Freedom Robert J. Evans 271,459 3.29%
Invalid or blank votes 680,039 7.42%
Totals 8,920,636 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

Insurance Commissioner[edit]

See also California Insurance Commissioner election, 1994.
1994 California Insurance Commissioner election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chuck Quackenbush 4,015,858 48.82%
Democratic Art Torres 3,567,996 43.38%
Libertarian Ted Brown 346,007 4.21%
Peace and Freedom Tom Condit 150,844 1.83%
American Independent A. Jacques 144,782 1.76%
Invalid or blank votes 675,149 7.59%
Totals 8,900,636 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

Superintendent of Public Instruction[edit]

See also California Superintendent of Public Instruction election, 1994.
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction election, 1994[2]
Candidate Votes Percentage
Delaine Eastin 3,892,681 55.60%
Maureen DiMarco 3,108,221 44.40%
Hal Rice (write-in) 20 0.00%
Invalid or blank votes 1,899,714 21.34%
Total votes 8,900,636 100.0%
Voter turnout  %

Board of Equalization[edit]

Overview[edit]

California Board of Equalization elections, 1994
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 3,684,744 48.04% 2 0
Democratic 3,388,312 44.17% 2 0
Libertarian 327,040 4.26% 0 0
American Independent 140,030 1.83% 0 0
Peace and Freedom 130,761 1.70% 0 0
Invalid or blank votes 1,180,321 13.34%
Totals 8,851,208 100.00% 4

District 1[edit]

1994 State Board of Equalization District 1 election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Johan Klehs 1,107,750 51.47%
Republican Robert "Bob" Strawn 835,235 41.13%
Libertarian Kennita Watson 159,144 7.39%
Invalid or blank votes 420,165 16.33%
Totals 2,522,294 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

District 2[edit]

1994 State Board of Equalization District 2 election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dean Andal 1,129,995 54.13%
Democratic Robert Presley 817,539 39.16%
American Independent Ernest Vance 140,030 6.71%
Invalid or blank votes 239,140 10.28%
Totals 2,326,704 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

1994 State Board of Equalization District 3 election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ernest J. Dronenburg (incumbent) 1,179,103 59.23%
Democratic Mary Christian-Heising 660,596 33.19%
Libertarian Ken Mason 103,711 5.21%
Peace and Freedom Maxine Bell Quirk 47,226 2.37%
Invalid or blank votes 295,344 12.92%
Totals 2,285,980 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

District 4[edit]

1994 State Board of Equalization District 4 election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brad Sherman (incumbent) 802,427 53.83%
Republican Ernie Dynda 540,411 36.26%
Peace and Freedom Shirley Rachel Isaacson 83,535 5.60%
Libertarian Lawrence D. Goldberg 64,185 2.84%
Invalid or blank votes 225,672 13.15%
Totals 1,716,230 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

Judicial system[edit]

Supreme Court of California[edit]

Associate Justice Ronald George, Seat 1
Vote on retention Votes %
Yes 3,153,849 57.02
No 2,376,799 42.98
Invalid 3,369,988 37.85
Total votes 8,900,636 100.0
Turnout
Associate Justice Joyce Kennard, Seat 2
Vote on retention Votes %
Yes 3,336,442 58.67
No 2,350,567 41.33
Invalid 3,213,627 36.11
Total votes 8,900,636 100.0
Turnout
Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar, Seat 3
Vote on retention Votes %
Yes 3,423,582 61.34
No 2,158,181 38.66
Invalid 3,318,873 37.29
Total votes 8,900,636 100.0
Turnout

California Courts of Appeal[edit]

See California Courts of Appeal elections, 1994.'


Legislature elections[edit]

State Senate[edit]

For individual races see California State Senate elections, 1994.

There are 40 seats in the State Senate. For this election, candidates running in even-numbered districts ran for four-year terms.

California State Senate - 1994 Seats
  Democratic-Held 21
  Republican-Held 17
  Independent Held 2
1994 Elections
  Republican Held and Uncontested 11
  Contested 20
  Democratic Held and Uncontested 8
  Independent Held and Uncontested 1
 Total
40

State Assembly[edit]

For individual races see California State Assembly elections, 1994.

All 80 biennially elected seats of the State Assembly were up for election this year. Each seat has a two-year term. The Republicans took narrow control of the State Assembly.

California State Assembly - 1994 Seats
  Republican-Held 41
  Democratic-Held 39
1994 Elections
  Democratic Incumbent and Uncontested 34
  Republican Incumbent and Uncontested 23
  Contested, Open Seats 23
 Total
80

Statewide ballot propositions[edit]

Ten ballot propositions qualified to be listed on the general election ballot in California. Eight measures passed while four failed.

Proposition 181[edit]

(Passenger Rail and Clean Air Bond Act of 1994.) Proposition 181 failed with 34.92% of the vote.

Proposition 182[edit]

Passed by voters, but courts struck it down.

Proposition 183[edit]

(Recall Elections. State Officers.) Proposition 183 passed with 67.47% of the vote.

Proposition 184[edit]

(Increased Sentences. Repeat Offenders (Three Strikes)) Proposition 184 passed with 71.85% of the vote.

Proposition 185[edit]

(Public Transportation Trust Funds. Gasoline Sales Tax. Initiative Statute.) Proposition 185 failed with 19.47% of the vote.

Proposition 186[edit]

(Health Services. Taxes.) Proposition 186 failed with 26.58% of the vote.

Proposition 187[edit]

See California Proposition 187 (1994).

(Illegal Aliens. Ineligibility for Public Services. Verification and Reporting.) Proposition 187 passed with 58.93% of the vote.

Proposition 188[edit]

(Smoking and Tobacco Products. Local Preemption. Statewide Regulation.) Proposition 188 failed with 29.31% of the vote.

Proposition 189[edit]

(Bail Exception. Felony Sexual Assault.) Proposition 189 passed with 79.41% of the vote.

Proposition 190[edit]

(Commission on Judicial Performance) Proposition 190 passed with 63.87% of the vote.

Proposition 191[edit]

(Abolish Justice Courts) Proposition 191 passed with 61.05% of the vote.

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