If you’re like most California voters, you’re going to vote on Tuesday for either Meg Whitman or Jerry Brown, if you have not already done so. Still, you do have some other choices besides the Republican and Democratic candidates; there are four other names on the ballot, representing third parties.

The California Report’s Governing California project has solicited answers to 10 questions about the state’s dysfunctional government from all of the candidates. Three–Meg Whitman, Jerry Brown, and American Independent candidate Chelene Nightingale–didn’t respond, but with the help of Politics Verbatim, which tracks the candidates’ public statements, Governing California was able to glean their policy positions anyway.

So here they are, in their own words: Carlos Alvarez of the Peace and Freedom Party, Chelene Nightingale of the American Independent Party, Dale F. Ogden of the Libertarian Party, and Laura Wells of the Green Party, answering questions about the budget, the initiative process, term limits, redistricting, and more.

Want to know more? KQED’s Forum hosted all four of them on September 29. Take a listen:


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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