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Smart Voter Full Biography for Gail Katherine Lightfoot

Candidate for
United States Senator

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Gail K. Lightfoot, of Arroyo Grande, is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination to run for U.S.Senate in the March 2000 Primary election.

A Registered Nurse by profession, Lightfoot was the Libertarian Party candidate for Secretary of State in 1998. Placing second among third party candidates with 216,751 votes (2.6%) well over the 172,421 votes needed she assured continued ballot status for the Libertarian Party.

Lightfoot has been involved in two court battles regarding political party interests. In 1990, Lightfoot vs. March Fong Eu was a case was to allow nomination of party candidates by caucus and convention. In 1997, the case brought by the Democratic, Republican, Peace&Freedom and Libertarian parties was to overturn the Blanket (Open) Primary, which undermines all political parties. On Sept. 2, 1999, a Writ of Certiorari was filed in the U. S. Supreme Court in that case.

Lightfoot served two terms as state chair of the Libertarian Party in 1990 and again in 1995-1996. She served the state party as Southern Vice Chair in 1993-1994. In that post, she coordinated the political and regional officer training activities of the county central committees from Kern County south to San Diego. She has served on the Executive Committee and as an officer of the LPC in various positions almost continuously since 1980.

Her political philosophy was shaped by America's Declaration of Independence and reading the works of Ayn Rand, author of "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead". In 1964, she met and talked with Rand at seminars put on by the Objectivist writer and Nathaniel Branden. At the same time, Lightfoot served as a precinct worker for Barry Goldwater in New Jersey after worked actively for his presidential nomination in Pasadena, CA. When the Libertarian Party was formed in 1972, she was among the first to join.

Lightfoot has entered four Congressional races. In 1986, 1988 and 1990, she was a candidate for the 33rd Congressional District seat in the eastern Los Angeles County area. In 1996, she ran for the 23rd Congressional District seat, covering Ventura and southern Santa Barbara County.

A California native, Lightfoot was born in Venice, California, on September 18, 1937. She was educated in Venice, Kodiak, Alaska, and Torrance, California. Lightfoot received her diploma in Nursing from the Los Angeles County Hospital School of Nursing. She went on to earn a certificate as a Public Health Nurse. Over the years, she has worked at many of the leading hospitals in Southern California, such as White Memorial and Huntington Memorial. She worked with the Visiting Nurses Association in Pomona and, most recently, with the Home Care Agency of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.

She currently makes her home in Arroyo Grande, CA. She has three children and five grandchildren. Her husv\band has three children, seven gradnchildren and four great grandchildren.

For more information: Libertarian Party of California Post Office Box 598, Pismo Beach, CA 93448 (805)481-3434 Fax 805/481-9083 E-mail: LPCNews@aol.com or: gkltft@aol.com

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