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Tony Strickland, GOP controller candidate, misses out on ballot statement

September 28, 2010 |  1:26 pm

State Sen. Tony Strickland, the Republican candidate for state controller, missed out on an opportunity to have a statement in the official voter guide that is mailed to every registered voter in California.

Strickland, of Moorpark, missed a June 22 deadline to submit the paperwork for the statement, the Ventura County Star reported Tuesday.

Candidate statements -– available to statewide-office hopefuls that promise to spend less than $7.7 million on their campaigns -– are among the most cost-effective campaign tools. Only three candidates this year -– gubernatorial hopefuls Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown and attorney general candidate Kamala Harris -– are ineligible.

Statements of up to 250 words cost a maximum of $6,250 to reach the 17 million registered voters in the state.

"We would have liked to have had the opportunity to participate, but we were denied the opportunity to participate," said Joe Justin, the consultant heading Strickland’s campaign told the Star. "The fact that we were denied the opportunity to be included on the ballot pamphlet is a shame."

-- Shane Goldmacher in Sacramento