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California State Government June 6, 2006 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Gail K. Lightfoot

Candidate for
Secretary of State; Libertarian Party

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Lightfoot became a Charter member of the Libertarian Party in Jan. 1972, She has been active within the Libertarian Party of California since 1980. Lightfoot has served the LPC as a candidate for Representative in Congress four times (1986, 1988, 1990 and 1996), Secretary of State in 1998 and for U.S. Senate in 2000. Lightfoot has also served the LPC as State Secretary (1989), State Chair (1990, 1995-96) and Southern Vice Chair (1993-94). In 1990 and 1996 Lightfoot signed several ballot arguments and the Party's ballot description, as state Chair of the Libertarian Party of California and as a candidate for statewide office in 1998 and 2000. In 1990 Lightfoot represented the LPC in Lightfoot Vs March Fong Eu, a lawsuit regarding nominating candidates by convention and caucus. In 1996, Lightfoot was the single most significant Plaintiff along with other individuals and four political Parties asking the U.S. Supreme court to overturn Prop 198, the Open (Blanket) Primary. Quotes from Lightfoot's testimony are contained within the text of the District Court judge's decision and his footnotes to the decision. Lightfoot was very pleased to see the U.S. Supreme Court rule in favor of the plaintiffs ending the Blanket Primary in California. Lightfoot considers sitting in the US Supreme Court to hear the oral arguments in the case April 24, 2000 her most memorable experience.

Gail Lightfoot says, "I have a vision of the proper role of government. My vision (and that of other Libertarians) is expressed in the American Declaration of Independence. A partisan campaign is the best place to discuss such ideas. As your Secretary of State, I could put those ideas before the American voters again and again."

"Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to be your Secretary of State providing you with the knowledge to vote without ever seeing, hearing or reading a single campaign advertisement."
"For the first time in the history of California, the Secretary of State would act as an impartial witness to campaigns, candidates and issues. No other political party equals the Libertarian Party in its desire to see open debate on all issues and about all candidates. No other political party wants to see voters making informed choices regardless of the outcome. If Liberty fails because voters really truly want it tossed aside, so be it. Libertarians believe voters are not aware of the choices they are making and once open debate independent of big money and existing power occurs they will choose Liberty. The Secretary of State can make those choices clear by granting space for every candidate to have their say and identifying the source of all campaign funding as part of the voter information pamphlet.

A vote for Lightfoot is a vote for your Liberty!
Gail Lightfoot, California Libertarian for Secretary of State P.O.Box 598, Pismo Beach, CA. 93448 Toll free Tel: 877-616-1776

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