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State of CaliforniaCandidate for Secretary of State

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Gail K. Lightfoot

Retired Nurse
155,659 votes (2.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • End Top Two - only two candidates in November, restore ballot access to political parties in November
  • Add NOTA [None of the Above] to all ballots so voters can just say No!
  • Allow any party to nominate by caucus and convention, the state should not rule over political parties.



Profession:Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse [ret]
Libertarian candidate for Congress, Secretary of State and U.S. Senate, Libertarian Party of California — Elected position (1984–2018)
Nurse, Arroyo Grande Home Care Agency (1994–1997)
Libertarian Party of California, Secretary [1989], Chair [1990], Southern Vice Chair [1993-94], Chair [1995-6] — Elected position (1989–1997)
Nurse, Visiting Nurses Association (1979–1994)
Registered Nurse, Los Angeles County, Huntington and White Memoria adn other hospitals (1961–1979)


Continuing Education Classes - various Continuing RN Education, Nursing practice updates (1996)
State of California Exam Public Health Nurse, Public Health Nurse (1985)
Los Angeles County Hospital School of Nursing, Diploma in Nursing, 3 year hospital Registered Nurse program (1959)

Community Activities

Member and Volunteer for annual music festival, Basin Street Regulars (2005–current)
Activist and candidate, Libertarian Party and Libertarian Party of Clifornia (1972–current)

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Political Beliefs

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End Top Two


The disadvantages of Prop 14, the voter nominated Primary which allows the two candidates with the most votes to appear onthe November ballot.

Claiming to "increase voter participation' Prop 14 gave voters more choices in the Primay but limited the Novermber General Electio to the the two high rollers with plenty of money to outdistance the long list of candidates.

Those without funds to compete with long voter statements [paid for by the word], mailers and media advertising don't reach the November ballot.

The two who do are often from the same political party. November voters don't see the otherpolitical parties at all.

Since 2012, after Prop14, we see very long lists of candidates on the Primary ballot as individuals seek to replace the powerful incumbents and those chosen to follow them in office. This fails to 'fire' any elected officials as the votes are spread between dozens of individuals candidates. The end result is more voters become disillusioned and unhappy turning to Decline to State and not vote at all.



None of the Above lets votes Just Say No to their choices.

Libertarians always place NOTA [None of the Above] on their ballots so voters can Just Say No which leads to new nominations and a better choice. It takes 50% +1 to win any election. The nominee with the lowest vote is dropp in 2nd and 3rd ballots with NOTA always in place intil one candidates gets 50% +1 to win the election. Occasionally NOTA wins and new nominations are in order.

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