Oakland Green enters gubernatorial race

As the Republican gubernatorial primary continues to get nastier and the Democratic gubernatorial primary continues to not exist, another candidate is entering the field today for the Green Party primary.

Laura WellsLaura Wells, 62, of Oakland, is holding her kickoff party at 6:30 p.m. tonight at La Estrellita, 446 E. 12th St. in Oakland; elected Greens including Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, Fairfax Mayor Lew Tremaine and Fairfax Vice-Mayor Larry Bragman are scheduled to attend.

A former financial and business analyst with expertise in stocks, bonds, pension funds and real estate, Wells boasts that her 420,000 vote count when she ran for state Controller in 2002 was the highest any Green has ever received in a partisan statewide race. She says she’ll be running on a platform to “fix the way money works” in California, creating a fairer tax system to benefit most taxpayers while providing quality schools, universal healthcare, job opportunities and a cleaner environment.

Community activist and former Black Panther Deacon Alexander of Los Angeles announced earlier this month that he, too, will seek the Green Party’s gubernatorial nomination.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Is this a joke? The Greens may count in Germany, but in the California Republic the Greens are as influential as SuperBowl boycotters.

  • And, at the state level, that is by intention. The entire legislative control over apportionment is designed to protect incumbency at all costs. They view it as their duty.

    In the mean time, Greens have made significant difference in some local elections, most recently in Richmond where Green Gayle McLaughlin is Mayor or in Fairfax, where Greens hold a majority of the seats on the City Council.

    So, what do we get in exchange? A Meg Whitman who double facedly contributes to environmental organizations and then wants to slow down or cancel those environmental controls that would save us. She seem to be getting much the better of a Jerry Brown who hasn’t even officially decided to enter the race… so positive is he of winning on his good name alone.