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'Gail for Rail' Secures Spot on the Ballot

Anita Kumar

Gail Parker, a retired Air Force Reservist and Defense Department budget analyst, has secured a spot on the November ballot as an Independent Green candidate for U.S. Senate.

"We're been working very hard on it,'' she said. "We were just waiting for official word."

Bill Redpath, national chairman of the Libertarian Party, is still collecting signatures to get his name on the ballot before the State Board of Elections' June 10 deadline. They will be running against Republican James S. Gilmore III and Democrat Mark R. Warner.

Parker, now an independent contractor in the District, has run for office several times in Virginia in recent years. This year, she said she will concentrate on her signature issue, high-speed rail, as well as the national debt and the economy.

Parker, whose radio jingle in the 2006 Senate campaign (Let's vote for Gail! She's for light rail!) drew jabs from Stephen Colbert on his late-night Comedy Central show, garnered more than one percent of the vote in the razor tight race between Republican George Allen and Democrat James Webb.

Parker ran as an Independent Green candidate (not affiliated with the more liberal Green Party of the United States) in 2005 for the House District 44 seat held by Democratic Del. Kristen J. Amundson and in 2007 against Fairfax Board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D).

By Anita Kumar  |  June 5, 2008; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner  
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Really bad writing, Post intern.

What exactly is "razor tight"?

HOW did she "secure" a spot on the ballot? Does this require signatures, a payoff to the State, or merely IG endorsement? If it's signatures, do you know that she actually has enough or are we not there yet?

Does she live in the District or just work there? Isn't it unconstitutional for a DC resident to run for Senate from Virginia?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Gail "for Rail" Parker and the Independent Greens collected 22,000 petition signatures to get her name on the ballot in 2008.

They have 5 other endorsed/nominated Virginia on the ballot Congressional candidates..

Posted by: Herman Johnson | June 20, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

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