About Diane Goldstein
Retired Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander, Redondo Beach Police Department (Ret.)
“Prohibition is unwise fiscal policy. Education and treatment would be far more effective.”
With more than 20 years in law enforcement, Diane Goldstein has made numerous arrests as a longtime foot soldier of the war on drugs. After joining the Redondo Beach Police Department in 1983, she rose from a Patrol Officer and School Resource Officer to Sergeant in the Special Investigations Unit, finally retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 2004. During her time on the frontlines, her perspective on the war on drugs shifted gradually to strong opposition. It was a change forged not only through her professional experience, but by the wrenching personal impact of having a vulnerable family member become a casualty of this war:
“I was extremely close with my older brother and watched him battle mental illness, through long periods of sobriety, deep valleys of marijuana and other illegal drug use to help him during severe manic states. As a youth, he made mistakes and was held accountable for them by the judicial system. But with psychotropic meds and mental health treatment, he managed to mature, remain sober and work productively until his 40s when he lost his job and was unable to afford ongoing mental health treatment. My brother was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia-a misdemeanor-but it propelled his descent into a justice system that wouldn’t consider any mitigating factors, only his previous felony conviction.”
As Diane rose through the ranks of law enforcement, she coordinated multiple agencies in probation and parole searches and became a specialist in juvenile crime prevention, gang intervention, and a recognized leader in crisis management. She also developed national training guidelines and policies for use during critical incidents.
Diane joined LEAP as a result of her own experiences and what she read in LEAP speaker Judge James Gray’s book, Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed And What We Can Do About It: A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs. As she puts it, our nation’s program of drug prohibition is fiscally unsound and fundamentally unjust.
A member of the California Association of Hostage Negotiators, Diane received that organization’s Honorary Life Member Award, and earned the Herman Goldstein Excellence in Problem Solving Team Award for her work on a gang interdiction task force. In her spare time, Diane volunteers as Executive Director for the Bruce Randall Foundation helping at-risk student/athletes, and enjoys time with her family and grandchild.
Lynette Kennedy McQuain
I was born a coal miners daughter and grand daughter. I am 52 years old and have lived in Marion County, West Virginia my whole life. I am a wife and mother of four coal mining sons and two grandsons. I have worked in various occupations and as an aide to special needs children. I am a Pro-Life candidate and believe in protecting the right of the unborn is a priority. I stand with gun owners and believes our right to bear arms is under assault. I have spoke out on the over-regulation that has impaired our State and the over-taxation that has been a way of life in West Virginia for way to long. I will fight for our West Virgina Coal jobs. I believe that every vote matters and that the integrity of elections are important to the people. As a mom, I have seen hardships and had difficulties in my own life that will identify with the people of West Virginia. I have never been a politician, but decided to run in 2010 for House of Delegates in Marion County and in the “Special Election for US Senate”, making history in West Virginia, being the only woman to run for two offices and challenge the new law made by the legislature. I want to ensure that the people of West Virginia have a voice in their State House and in State matters. I believe that with new leadership and a new direction, this is possible for West Virginians. I am also fighting to keep our locks and damns open and am involved in working to get jobs to West Virginia by utilizing coal and hoping for plants to come here to West Virginia so we would be leading in industry instead of 49th in everything.
One Voice, One Choice, One Vote For Coal.. Lynette Kennedy McQuain for House of Delegates