- NAME: Stephen Peace
- OCCUPATION: Producer, Screenwriter, Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: March 30, 1953 (Age: 60)
- EDUCATION: Bonita Vista High School, University of California, San Diego
- PLACE OF BIRTH: San Diego, California
- AKA: Stephen Peace
- AKA: Steve Peace
- AKA: J. Stephen Peace
- Full Name: James Stephen Peace
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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Brilliant, brash and a little wacky, J. Stephen Peace co-produced the cult horror film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and, as a state legislator, oversaw energy deregulation in California.
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However, many voters considered him the father of deregulation, a moniker that probably doomed his chances for running for California Secretary of State in 2002.
Governor Gray Davis appointed Stephen Peace director of the California Department of Finance in 2002, and assigned him the unenviable task of trying to plug a $34.8 billion budget hole. However, Peace was not able to solve the budget crisis, and in 2003,
Davis was recalled and replaced by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In 2003, Peace left the public sector to be a senior advisor to the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball team. In 2010, he chaired the California Independent Voter Project, which successfully passed Proposition 14, the open primary measure. Under the law, voters can vote for any candidate of any party in an open primary. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, go to the general election. The idea is to elect more centrist, pragmatic leaders who don't cater to the ideological extremes. And thus, Stephen Peace continues his crusade for just and honorable government.
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