Ballot Access News. Condolences to Donna Spring’s family and friends.
On July 13, Donna Spring died at the age of 55. She had been one of the Green Partyâ€™s longest-serving public officials. She was in her fourth four-year term on the Berkeley, California city council. She had been working for Instant-Runoff Voting in Berkeley since 1993. The voters of Berkeley approved the use of IRV several years ago, but it still hasnâ€™t been implemented. Spring lived with rheumatoid arthritis and generally used a wheelchair. In the last two years she had participated by speakerphone at city council meetings, since it was difficult for her to obtain access to the city council chambers. She died of pneumonia, only three weeks since she last participated in a city council meeting.