Mike Schaefer, who also lives in Las Vegas and is licensed to practice law in California, is running in the newly drawn Congressional District 2, where 25-year Congressman Bob Stump has decided for health reasons not to run.
, 64, said he
has not practiced law in recent years except for a few cases involving constitutional law.
In June 2000, he
won a decision by the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals that he
was entitled to run for Congress without being a resident of California at the time he
requested or filed nominating petitions.The court said the Constitution requires that a U.S. representative be an "inhabitant of that state" when elected, not while running. Schaefer
is a voter in Nevada, recently rented a Glendale residence and intends to register in Arizona. He
and one of his
two adult sons operated a 48-room motel in Kingman before selling it recently, and Schaefer
has condominium properties on the market in Las Vegas, he
Major issues of his
campaign will be enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border, military pay and pensions, protecting the right to bear arms and eliminating waste in government, Schaefer
suggested that illegal immigration could be curtailed by giving undocumented border crossers $1,000 to return home, but tattoo them on an arm or leg so they could be identified if they re-enter the United States.
"I don't have all the answers, but I have a creative mind," he
said. The State Bar of California
for 30 days in 1992 after he
was convicted of a misdemeanor count of domestic violence.Schaefer
second wife, to whom he
was married for two years, was violent.
slugged me and I wrestled her
to the ground," after which she
accused him of spousal abuse. Schaefer said he served two terms as a San Diego city councilman from 1965 to '71 and was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in California in 1968.
Arizona's 2nd District takes in Glendale, Peoria and other West Valley communities, all of Mohave County and the Hopi Indian Reservation.