A resignation left the GPUS Steering Committee with a vacancy last month. Last week, the National Committee elected Claudia Ellquist of Arizona to fill out the remainder of that term. The Steering Committee consists of 7 co-chairs, a Secretary and a Treasurer. In June, 3 Steering Committee co-chairs and the Treasurer position will be up for election / re-election.
Ellquist, an Arizona attorney, is one of two co-chairs of the Arizona Green Party, co-chaired the 2010 Arizona ballot access campaign that led to 29,000 signatures, and led the 2008 ballot access campaign for the Arizona Green Party as well. Three times she has been a plaintiff to sue the state – and won – on ballot access issues, and from 1999-2001 she served as one of the original five appointed commissioners of the Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission.
She has run twice for County Attorney in 2004 and 2008, averaging 20,000 votes each run. She has served on the national boards for NOW and Church Women United, helped run the ballot campaign in 2000 for Prop 204 that led to expanding health care to those living in poverty, worked as Executive Director of Coalition of Arizonans to Abolish the Death Penalty, which in 2001 led to the end of executions for people with IQs below 70.
Many on the National Committee hope that Ms. Ellquist will seek a full term Steering Committee seat this summer.