Gail Lightfoot

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Gail Lightfoot
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, California
Date of birthSeptember 18, 1937
Place of birthVenice, CA
Campaign website
Gail Lightfoot is a Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from California in 2010 and 2012. Lightfoot also ran in 2014 as a Libertarian write-in candidate to the U.S. House for California's 23rd District.


Campaign themes


Lightfoot's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • The Constitution
Excerpt: "Restore it. The Constitution grants certain carefully ‘enumerated powers’ to the federal government. The purpose is to limit the federal government to just those listed powers and no others. All other non-enumerated ‘powers’ are “reserved to the states . . . or to the people."
  • Foreign Policy
Excerpt: "Notify the world that the U.S. is not their policeman. Bring our troops home. Return control of Iraq to the people of Iraq and responsibility for peace in the Middle East and everywhere else to each country's citizens. They have more to lose than we do."
  • The Economy
Excerpt: "Let the private sector work its wonders. If we respect private property, reduce government control by agencies, licenses, regulations and subsidies everyone can work towards the goals they think are most important."
  • Environment And Safety
Excerpt: "Reform the legal system for easier access by individuals. Set up user friendly web sites and make them available in Kiosks or at the local library so anyone can sue for damages to their person or property. If polluters had to pay, they would think more carefully about what they do. "
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Pass the “Health Freedom Protection Act,” to deregulate the health care industry. Leave all medical decisions, including abortions, to individuals, families and physicians. Let individuals shop for the health insurance they need. When we individually select heath insurance, it can follow us from job to job and state to state."



See also: California's 23rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Lightfoot ran as a write-in candidate in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 23rd District. Lightfoot was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, California District 23 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin McCarthy Incumbent 99.1% 58,334
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Garcia (Write-in) 0.5% 313
     Republican Mike Biglay (Write-in) 0.3% 157
     Independent Ronald L. Porter (Write-in) 0.1% 36
     Libertarian Gail Lightfoot (Write-in) 0.1% 31
Total Votes 58,871
Source: California Secretary of State


See also: United States Senate elections in California, 2012

Lightfoot ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing California. She was defeated in the June 5, 2012, open primary.[3][4]

U.S. Senate, California General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDianne Feinstein Incumbent 62.5% 7,864,624
     Republican Elizabeth Emken 37.5% 4,713,887
Total Votes 12,578,511
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Lightfoot ran in the 2010 election for the U.S. Senate, representing California. On November 2, 2010, Barbara Boxer won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Carly Fiorina (R), Gail Lightfoot (L), Marsha Feinland (P&F), Duane Roberts (G), Edward Noonan (American Independent) and several write-in candidates in the general election.[5]

U.S. Senate, California General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Boxer incumbent 52.2% 5,218,441
     Republican Carly Fiorina 42.2% 4,217,366
     Libertarian Gail Lightfoot 1.8% 175,242
     Peace and Freedom Marsha Feinland 1.4% 135,093
     Green Duane Roberts 1.3% 128,510
     American Independent Edward Noonan 1.3% 125,441
     Write-in James Harris 0% 41
     Write-in Connor Vlakancic 0% 11
     Write-in Jerry Leon Carroll 0% 10
     Write-in Hans Kugler 0% 5
Total Votes 10,000,160


Lightfoot is widowed and has three children.[6]

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