She’s probably best known for her work trying to save the late convicted murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams from the death penalty. Barbara Becnel – director of a non-profit social services agency in Richmond - says she’s entering the race because Democrats and Republicans are more like one party with two factions.
“The electorate should not have to select from the lesser of two evils when they walk into a voting booth, or as I see it, choose between evil and evil lite.”
Becnel calls herself a real choice – a Democrat – but no “Republican wanna-be,” which she accuses some in the party of being. If elected her priorities would include: abolishing the death penalty, increasing the minimum wage and reforming tax law. The two other main Democratic candidates are State Treasurer Phil Angiledes and State Controller Steve Westly. Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is uncontested in the primary.