Snapshots of Major Candidates

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Snapshots of major candidates who have declared their candidacy in the Oct. 7 recall election of California Gov. Gray Davis:

Cruz Miguel Bustamante

Party: Democrat.

Birth date: Jan. 4, 1953.

Age: 50.

Birthplace: Dinuba, Calif.

Education: Fresno City College and California State University, Fresno, 2003.

Family: Wife, Arcelia; children, Leticia, Sonia and Marisa.

Experience: Director of the summer youth employment program for the Fresno Employment and Training Commission, 1977-83; district representative for Rep. Richard Lehman, 1983-88; district administrative assistant for Assemblyman Bruce Bronzan, 1988-93; state assemblyman, 1993-98; Assembly speaker, 1996-98; lieutenant governor, 1999-present.

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Peter Miguel Camejo

Party: Green.

Birth date: Dec. 31, 1939.

Age: 63.

Birthplace: Queens, N.Y.

Education: Attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California, Berkeley.

Family: Wife, Morella Camejo; two stepchildren, Victor and Alexandra Baquero.

Experience: Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. president, 1976; board trustee of Contra Costa Employees' Retirement Association, 1992-2002; chair and chief executive of Progressive Asset Management, 1987-present; Green Party candidate for California governor, 2002.

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Arianna Huffington

Party: Independent.

Birth date: July 15, 1950.

Age: 53.

Birthplace: Athens, Greece.

Education: Master of arts in economics, Cambridge University.

Family: Married Michael Huffington in 1986, and divorced him in 1997 after he publicly announced he was gay. The couple have two daughters, Christina and Isabella, 14 and 12.

Experience: Nationally syndicated columnist and author of nine books. Helped her then-husband win a congressional seat in Santa Barbara and campaigned for him when he ran unsuccessfully in 1994 against Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Provided political coverage for Comedy Central during the 1996 presidential campaign. Heads a nonprofit organization, The Detroit Project, that urges drivers to choose fuel-efficient vehicles.

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Thomas Miller McClintock

Party: Republican.

Birth date: July 10, 1956.

Age: 47.

Birthplace: White Plains, N.Y.

Education: Bachelor's degree, UCLA, political science, 1978.

Family: Wife Lori; children Shannah, 13, and Justin, 11.

Experience: Chief of staff for state Sen. Ed Davis, 1980-82; state assemblyman, 1982-92 and 1996-2000; director of Center for the California Taxpayer, 1992-94; ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1992 and for state controller in 1994 and 2002; director of economic and regulatory affairs for the Claremont Institute's Golden State Center for Policy Studies, 1995-96; state senator, 2000-present.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Party: Republican.

Birth date: July 30, 1947.

Age: 56.

Birthplace: Thal, Austria. Became a U.S. citizen in 1983.

Education: Graduated from University of Wisconsin-Superior, 1979.

Family: Wife, Maria Shriver, daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and former vice presidential candidate Sargent Shriver. Four children, ages 5 to 13.

Experience: As a bodybuilder, won Mr. Olympia title seven times, from 1970-1975 and in 1980. Starred in numerous films, including 1982's "Conan the Barbarian," 1984's "The Terminator" plus two sequels, and 1990's "Total Recall" and "Kindergarten Cop." Successfully championed California Proposition 49, a state ballot initiative aimed at funding before- and after-school programs. Also works with Special Olympics. Chairman of the National Inner-City Games Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides free after-school and summer activities to low-income children.

Web site: None yet.

William E. Simon Jr.

Party: Republican.

Birth date: June 20, 1951.

Age: 52.

Birthplace: Spring Lake, N.J.

Education: Williams College, bachelor's degree in history, 1973; Boston College Law School, J.D., 1982.

Family: Wife, Cindy; children Cary, 21, from first marriage that ended in divorce; Willie, 15; Lulu, 13; and Griffy, 10.

Experience: Co-founded William E. Simon & Sons investment firm in 1988; assistant U.S. attorney for Southern District of New York, 1985-1988; attorney with Davis, Markel, Dwyer & Edwards, 1982-85; currency and bond trader with Morgan Guaranty, 1973-1979; Republican nominee for California governor, 2002. Has served on boards of various charities, including Catholic Charities of Los Angeles and Covenant House of California.

Web site: None yet.

Peter V. Ueberroth

Party: Republican

Birth date: Sept. 2, 1937.

Age: 65.

Birthplace: Evanston, Ill.

Education: California State University, San Jose, bachelor's degree in business, 1959.

Family: Wife, Ginny; children Vicki, 41, Heidi, 38, Keri, 36, and Joe, 34; seven grandchildren.

Experience: Founder and president of First Travel Corp., 1962-80; president of Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, 1982-84; commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1984-89; managing director of the Contrarian Group investment and management company in Newport Beach, Calif., 1990 to present.

Web site: Under construction.