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2014 Election: Judge says Dan Schnur can't claim to be 'reform advocate'



Dan Schnur, director of USC's Unruh Institute of Politics and former spokesman for Governor Pete Wilson, is running for California Secretary of State but is not designating a party preference.
Dan Schnur, director of USC's Unruh Institute of Politics and former spokesman for Governor Pete Wilson, is running for California Secretary of State but is not designating a party preference.
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A judge has ruled that Dan Schnur, a candidate for California secretary of state, may not describe himself as a "political reform advocate" on the ballot.

Schnur, a onetime Republican campaign strategist and former head of the Fair Political Practices Commission, is running without a party designation. The ballot challenge was brought by the California Democratic Party. 

Schnur will instead bill himself as a "political involvement educator" on the June 3 primary ballot.

Ballot designation challenges are among the common and occasionally arcane battles that campaigns wage in the weeks before ballots are printed and sent to voters. Candidates have precious little real estate on ballots to convey their merits to the voters, generally just a few words or a few dozen characters.

Schnur told the Associated Press that the judge's new description is equally accurate and reinforces his citizen involvement platform. Schnur is on leave from his current post as director of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.