Gail Lightfoot is a widow and retired professional nurse living in Arroyo Grande, California, San Luis Obispo County, California. She has three children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Lightfoot was granted a diploma in Nursing at the end of a three year residential program at Los Angeles County General Hospital School of Nursing in 1959, three days after the birth of her oldest child. (The hospital has since affiliated with USC and been renamed LA County/USC Medical Center. The nursing school has become a 2 year Associate Degree program.) Her professional nursing experience ranges from the small office, large clinics to Hospital Surgical units, ICU, CCU, ER and Home Care including high tech home IV Therapy, chart review for research projects and Utilization Review.
Lightfoot became a Charter member of the Libertarian Party in Jan. 1972, attending local meetings. She has been active in the Libertarian Party of California State Central Committee since 1980.
Lightfoot served the LPC as a candidate for Representative in Congress four times (1986, 1988, 1990 and 1996), Secretary of State in 1998, 2002 and 2006 and for U.S. Senate in 2000, 2004, 2010 and 2012. She was named as the Vice Presidential candidate with Ron Paul to get his Write In-Votes counted in 2008 after her efforts to find Electors pledged to Dr. Paul were successful.
When she was not already on the ballot she twice ran for Arroyo Grande City Council.
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, she became 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.
Following up on that experience, she wrote articles opposing Prop 14, the Voter Nominated Top Two Primary passed in 2010 and supports allowing all ballot qualified political parties’ access to the November ballot.
Lightfoot supports a return to Party Nominated candidates via the Repeal of Top Two (Prop14, 2010)
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