Sam Aanestad, GOP candidate for California lieutenant governor

Sam Aanestad

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Oral surgeon, California state senator

Age: 63; born in North Dakota

City of residence: Grass Valley

Personal: wife, Susan Aanestad; three children

Education: bachelor's degree, UCLA, 1969; doctor of dentistry ( oral surgery), UCLA, 1973; master of public administration, Golden Gate University, 1991

Career highlights: 35 years as an oral surgeon and businessman; 11 years on the Grass Valley Unified School District board; elected to the state Assembly in 1998; elected to the state Senate in 2002

Platform: stands for limited government and individual freedom, lower taxes; says he would bring a conservative, experienced voice to the office and support "common-sense" regulations and a business-friendly environment to encourage productive, private-sector jobs

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