NU Online News Service, March 6, 12:34 a.m. –Democrat John Garamendi, California’s first elected insurance commissioner, was picked yesterday by Democratic primary voters to run for his old job yesterday.
Republicans selected Gary Mendoza, a former state commissioner of corporations.
Garamendi, who served as deputy interior secretary under President Clinton, made it a point in his primary campaign to say, “I don’t accept insurance company contributions.”
Mendoza ran pledging to “fight for California consumers, not special interests,” and cited his actions as corporations commissioner in “strengthening patients rights dealing with HMOs.”
In the Democratic primary election, with 99.8% of the vote counted, the totals were: John Garamendi, 38.5%; Tom Umberg, 28.1%; Tom Calderon, 23.1%; and Bill Winslow, 10.3%.