you for considering me for a position
on the state Coordinating Committee.
registered Green early in 1992. Shortly
afterward I was elected to the first Green
Party County Council
in Alameda County. During my two-year term I helped
the first by-laws, and to edit and manage the GPCA's
state newsletter Green
Consensus. I was also active with the Women’s
Caucus both locally and at the state level.
I remained a Green registrant and supporter during
the 90s and 00s. I worked at Pesticide Action Network--North
America, Women’s Economic Agenda Project, and
am currently on staff at SEIU United Healthcare Workers—West.
I have focused on community-building by living in
an apartment coop in Berkeley, an intentional community
in Oregon, and a community house in Oakland.
Shortly after 9/11, I was asked to run for Controller
in the first ever full slate of candidates running
for statewide partisan office in California.
In the March 2002 primary, I won two elections. The
Controller race turned out to be the only contested
Party primary race. With the support of many
Green activists, I won 89% of the vote, winning all
we tied with 2 votes each.
At the same time, I
was elected to the County Council once again, due to
election officials entering
statewide candidates as County Council candidates.
Although the win was unintentional, I remained
on the Council
and was active on the Outreach Team, organizing
a long-running weekly registration table at the local
and helping to institute monthly Green Sunday events.
Often as part of the team of candidates including
Peter Camejo, Donna Warren, Larry Shoup, Jeanne Rosenmeier,
and David Sheidlower, I attended and spoke at events
all over California, particularly seeking opportunities
to speak at colleges and universities. It was a great
opportunity to spend time with Greens around the
In the November election I earned 6% of the vote
and the highest vote count ever received in a Green
election in California.
During the campaign we produced a slate newspaper
and I helped develop it into a statewide newspaper,
Focus, which I co-edited for six issues.
Through all of these experiences, I have learned
that the best solutions to the problems we face
-- in organizations,
living situations, campaigns, newspapers or international
crises – are based on respecting the perspectives
and gifts of people, and finding ways to include
them. That is why I am running for the at-large
seat on the
Coordinating Committee, and that is what I will
continue to do in every way I can.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org.