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Friday, February 11, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2011
For Information: Jan B. Tucker 310.618.9596 or cell 818.720.3719
Peace, Freedom Party Candidate Declares for 36th C.D.
Jan B. Tucker, 55, a Torrance resident, has announced his candidacy for the 36th Congressional District seat soon to be vacated by the impending resignation of incumbent Jane Harman (D). Tucker, who says he has run for everything “from assembly to president” on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket, is a prominent activist in feminist, labor and civil rights circles. A private investigator by trade, Tucker holds the record as the longest serving Chairman of the Board of the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), the world's largest organization of private detectives.
In 1974, Tucker was a litigant in a series of lawsuits that overturned California's filing fees to run for public office as unconstitutional, when he ran for State Senator against later-jailed incumbent Alan Robbins (D-Van Nuys). Currently, Tucker has a tort claim pending with the County of Los Angeles as part of a new effort to have the current filing fee system declared unconstitutional. According to Tucker, “the passage of Proposition 14 has led to so much chaos for election officials that the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing even in the same agency.” Tucker charges that even though he and another candidate, Carl Iannalfo (17th Senate District) submitted identical paperwork under the California Tort Claims Act, the California Board of Claims summarily rejected his claim by contending that the Secretary of State's office is not a state agency, while the same board did not summarily reject Iannalfo's claim for damages.
“If the State of California insists, as it did with candidate filings in the 4th Assembly District and 17th and 28th Senate Districts, on forcing minor party candidates to get 20 times as many signatures as the law says that they should have to and in less time than is normally allowed, the State is just setting itself up for a lawsuit it can't win,” said Tucker. “Last time this issue was litigated in 1974, the State and County lost 9-0 in the United States Supreme Court. Apparently the Secretary of State's office has no recollection of the litigation history of this issue and appears to care little about the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection of the law for working people.”

For I.D. Only:
Formerly 7 Term Chairman of the Board of Directors – California Association of Licensed Investigators
Director at Large CALI
National Commissioner for Civil Rights, LULAC
Chief Investigator, Civil Rights Commission, CA League of United Latin American Citizens
Co-President - SFV/NELA
Chapter NOW
Board Member - Alameda Corridor Jobs Coalition
Member Los Angeles County Criminal Defense Investigators Association

P.O. Box 433 Torrance CA 90508-0433 310.618.9596 Fax 1950
California Private Investigator License #PI-10143

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