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Supervisor Wants To Join Arnold In Sacramento

Paul Stein, Calaveras County supervisor and board chairman, is looking for a position from governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Stein first met Schwarzenegger at a fund raiser held in Stockton by developer and financier Alex Spanos. That´s where Stein first told Schwarzenegger he wanted to be part of his administration.

Stein´s second encounter with Schwarzenegger was during the candidate´s 10-point speech in Sacramento. Referring to his hopes of a position, Stein told Schwarzenegger, “Don´t forget.” Schwarzenegger replied, “How can I forget, you keep reminding me.”

“I´d like to be considered for an appointment in his cabinet,” Stein said. “Ideally with Fish and Game because I´m a biologist.” Mr. Stein´s appointment chances are greatly enhanced by the team Gov. Schwarzenegger has appointed so far, Bill Bird, State Sen. Rico Oller spokesman said.

At Schwarzenegger´s 10-point speech, Stein said, he sat right in back of former Los Angeles mayor Richard Reardon and former gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon.

Stein said he would also like to serve as a local government liaison. Local government needs more credibility, Stein said. Davis has ignored it, he said

During the recall campaign, Stein gave 10 presentations favoring Schwarzenegger in Yuba County, Madera County, San Francisco, and Sacramento. “I spoke mostly at Republican Central Committees and recall rallies,” Stein said. “It´s difficult to get the actual candidates there,” he said

Stein was in Los Angeles on election night at Schwarzenegger´s campaign headquarters in the Century Plaza. “It was exciting right down to the end,” Stein said. Stein said there were 200 to 250 press stations set up throughout the room Tuesday night.

Stein currently represents the county´s 2nd Supervisorial District, which includes Mokelumne Hill, West Point, Wilseyville, Glencoe, Railroad Flat, Sheep Ranch and Mountain Ranch.

Stein is up for re-election in March 2004. His term ends January 2005. He was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2000.

Calaveras Enterprise story by Vanessa Turner. For more Calaveras news, click:calaverasenterprise.com