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The California Secretary of State released the list of generally recognized candidates for June 5’s presidential primary election, and one local name made the list.

Laguna Beach resident Fred Karger is one of six Republicans who will be on the ballot. Karger is running as the first openly-gay Republican candidate, and he hopes his moderate views will resonate with voters.

Fred Karger made his name in Laguna Beach as a gay rights activist. The Republican political consultant is now running for president. (Ken Steinhardt, The Orange County Register)

The Secretary of State’s office may add to the list until March 29, when it will be officially certified. So far, 24 candidates are listed including President Barack Obama for the Democratic Party, the six Republicans and various American Independent, Green and libertarian candidates.

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