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William J. "Bill" Filante


Picture of William J. Filante
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-1978 Republican AD-09 55304 Win
11-04-1980 Republican AD-09 67603 Win
11-02-1982 Republican AD-09 67619 Win
11-06-1984 Republican AD-09 83402 Win
11-04-1986 Republican AD-09 65154 Win
11-08-1988 Republican AD-09 84661 Win
11-06-1990 Republican AD-09 63672 Win
11-03-1992 Republican CD-06 98171 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: October 22, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York
Married: Mary Margaret Scott, MD (m. 1948)
Children: David, Steven and Janet
Military Service: USAF
Died: December 8, 1992 in in Terra Linda, CA

1972-1974: Member, Marin Community College Board of Trustees
1974-1978: Member, Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors

  • LEGISLATION: The Filante Tanning Facility Act of 1988, provides for regulation of tanning facilities by the Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • In early August 1992, Filante announced that he had a glioblastoma tumor and was undergoing radiation therapy. He underwent brain surgery on August 7th to remove a brain tumor, which was confirmed as malignant at the end of August. On August 27th, Filante (who had lost the use of his left arm and leg) announced that he would continue his campaign by relying on surrogates to deliver his message. On September 18th, Filante suspended his campaigning, saying that the tumor would "prevent him from campaigning for the seat and could force him to resign if elected." A month after the election, Filante suffered a stroke on December 2nd and died on December 8th.

Source: California Legislature Handbook (1979)
Source: "EX-ASSEMBLYMAN BILL FILANTE, 63, DIES FROM BRAIN CANCER" San Jose Mercury News, December 9, 1992, p. 3B
Source: "OTHER VIEWPOINTS - TWO-THIRDS VOTE RULE CAUSES BUDGET DEADLOCK," Daily News of Los Angeles, September 7, 1992, p. N16
Source: "TUMOR HALTS CANDIDATE'S CAMPAIGN, NOT HIS HOPES," San Jose Mercury News, September 18, 1992, p. 3B
Source: "Filante Says Brain Tumor Won't Stop Drive" by Richard C. Paddock, Los Angeles Times, August 28, 1992, p. A3