Laura Wells, who ran for California state controller in 2002 and 2006, has announced that she is running for governor of California. This makes the Green Party primary a contested one, since Deacon Alexander is also running. On her blog, she wrote,
During the announcement event I had many opportunities to communicate the message to FIX THE MONEY in our great state. My biggest hope is that reporters will bring up questions about fixing the money when they talk to other candidates: changing the 2/3 majority on budget and revenue; changing property tax to a split roll; and taxing – fairly for a change – the super-rich individuals and corporations. THERE ARE SOLUTIONS. Let’s put them on the table.
The announcement was covered in the Sacramento Bee:
Like Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, Wells has no previous elected experience and is emphasizing her outsider status. The financial systems manager ran on the Green ticket for state controller in 2002 and 2006.
Unlike former eBay CEO Whitman, Wells doesn’t have mega-bucks to spend on her campaign and is making do with a bare-bones team. She toured Sacramento with one press person in tow.
“The two parties, the Democrat and Republican parties, do not address the root causes of the problem,” Wells said. “That’s off the table for them. … To get what we want and to have the revenue that pays for it we need to have a budget that makes sense.”
News Blaze also covered it:
Ms. Wells, 62, is a former financial and business analyst. Her 420,000 vote count in 2002 is the most any state Green Party candidate has received in a partisan statewide race.
An expert in stocks, bond, pension funds and real estate, Wells, an Oakland resident, continues the tradition of Peter Camejo, an investment specialist who made several runs for governor earlier this century.
Wells’ most recent appearance on national television was on FOX in April of last year: