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March 12, 2013
Contact: Marsha Feinland, 510-845-7251
Peace and Freedom Party Endorses Cindy Sheehan for California Governor in 2014.
The State Central Committee of the California Peace and Freedom Party has endorsed anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan for Governor of California in the 2014 election.
The vote on the endorsement motion, taken at the committee's March 9-10 meeting in Riverside, was unanimous.
Sheehan said she wants to run "primarily because I believe that California should be leading the nation in peace, education, health care, sustainable/renewable energy and democracy. I was born and raised in California and have lived my entire life here. I love my state and know it can be doing far better than it is now. I have lived in a California that was in the vanguard of education and job creation. However, with the disastrous advent of corporate supremacy, those days are passed for the vast majority of Californians."
"Secondarily," she continued, "but just as importantly, I am running for governor because I think the corporate stranglehold can only be broken by breaking its collaborators: the two major parties. Top Two elections are an assault on democracy, but I plan on being in this until the general election."
She added that "the Peace and Freedom Party has a long tradition of principled activism and electoral experience."
Sheehan's prominence in the popular movements against war and imperialism began in August 2005 when her extended protest outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch gained world-wide media attention. She ran for Congress against pro-war Democrat Nancy Pelosi in 2008, winning almost 50,000 votes as a first-time candidate and an independent. In 2010, she registered as a member of the Peace and Freedom Party. She was the party's candidate for Vice President in the 2012 election.
She is the host and director of the on-line radio show Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox and has published seven books. She travels the world working for peace and justice from her home base in Vacaville, California, where she loves spending time with her three surviving children and four grandchildren.
For further information on Cindy Sheehan, visit cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com.
The California Peace and Freedom Party is the only socialist and feminist political party on the ballot in California. It is the largest socialist party (as measured by voter registration) in the United States. For more information, visit peaceandfreedom.org.