Laura Wells, Oakland
Laura Wells ran as the Green Party candidate for Governor of California in 2010, and for State Controller of California in 2002 and 2006. In 2002, she received 419,873 votes, the most ever for a Green Party candidate in a statewide partisan race in California. Starting in 1992, Wells was a member of the first Green Party County Council in Alameda County and in 2002, she co-founded Green Focus, the GPCA's official newspaper. An advocate for electoral reform, Wells was part of the 2006 campaign steering committee that achieved 69% voter approval of Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) in Oakland.
Some of her other key issues include reforming the state's budget process and establishing publicly owned banks, including a state bank for California.
Wells has over 20 years experience in financial systems - investments, pension funds, union dues accounting, and real estate loans. She holds a B.A. from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI, Phi Beta Kappa), and an M.Ed. from Antioch University. She lives in Oakland and is the proud mother of twenty-something Natalia.