Central Committees

Candidates for Central Committee

April 29, 2012

At each statewide primary election, candidates are elected to the State Central Committee and County Central Committees of the Peace and Freedom Party. Members are elected to both committees at the same time (this differs from other political parties in California). Normally, unopposed candidates are declared elected and do not appear on the ballot. The exceptions are those who are running in districts in which there might be write-in candidates.

If the list below includes write-in candidates in your county and district, please review this article before casting your ballot.

Alameda County

For more information on the candidates for the Alameda County Central Committee, see this article.

Alameda County – 3rd Supervisorial District

Number of seats: 4
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Eric Bergman
  • Albert Dragstedt

Alameda County – 4th Supervisorial District

Number of seats: 3
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Amy Gray-Schlink

Alameda County – 5th Supervisorial District

Number of seats: 6
Write-in candidates possible
Candidates who will appear on the ballot:

  • John Comly
  • Robert J. Evans
  • Marsha Feinland
  • Edith Monk Halberg
  • Norma J.F. Harrison
  • Eugene E. Ruyle
  • Gerald Sanders
  • Stan Woods

Kern County

Number of seats: 7
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Mohammad Arif

Los Angeles County – 43rd Assembly District

Number of seats: 6
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Muna Coobtee
  • Ian Thompson

Los Angeles County – 46th Assembly District

Number of seats: 6
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • David Feldman

Los Angeles County – 51st Assembly District

Number of seats: 11
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Samuel Solomon
  • Travis Wikerson

Los Angeles County – 53rd Assembly District

Number of seats: 8
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Yolanda Alaniz
  • Mary Ann Curtis

Los Angeles County – 54th Assembly District

Number of seats: 7
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Aidan W. Butler
  • Juan Cruz
  • Yuisa Gimeno
  • Gary Gordon
  • Cindy Varela Henderson
  • Marian “Muffy” Sunde

Los Angeles County – 59th Assembly District

Number of seats: 9
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Enrique Vasquez

Los Angeles County – 62nd Assembly District

Number of seats: 7
Write-in candidates possible
Candidates who will appear on the ballot:

  • Karl Abrams
  • Clay Claiborne
  • Don Geagan
  • Yolanda Miranda
  • James R. Smith
  • Alice Stek
  • Suzy Williams

Write-in candidates:

  • Lynn M. Lomibao
  • Emidio (Mimi) M. Soltysik

Los Angeles County – 66th Assembly District

Number of seats: 5
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Christina B. Kelly

Los Angeles County – 70th Assembly District

Number of seats: 7
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Douglas Kauffman
  • Stevie Danielle Merino

Marin County

Number of seats: 7
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Roger D. Harris
  • Bob Richard
  • Meryl Sundove
  • Cat Woods

Orange County – 5th Supervisorial District

Number of seats: 5
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Sergio Farias

Riverside County – 1st Supervisorial District

Number of seats: 3
There is a write-in candidate
Candidates who will appear on the ballot:

  • Kevin Akin
  • Margie Akin

Write-in candidates:

  • Casey Peters

Riverside County – 3rd Supervisorial District

Number of seats: 3
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearingon the ballot:

  • Stewart Alexander
  • Vicki Alexander

Sacramento County – 1st Supervisorial District

Number of seats: 5
Write-in candidates possible
Candidates who will appear on the ballot:

  • Jerry Frink
  • Jesse Thomson-Burns

Write-in candidates:

  • Pete Horn
  • Richard Perry
  • Linda (LR) Roberts

Sacramento County – 2nd Supervisorial District (4 seats)

Number of seats: 4
Write-in candidates possible
Candidates who will appear on the ballot:

  • Tobby Mitchell-Sawyer
  • Debra Reiger
  • John Reiger
  • C. T. Weber

Sacramento County – 3rd Supervisorial District

Number of seats: 3
Write-in candidates possible
Candidates who will appear on the ballot:

  • Phillip Sawyer

Sacramento County – 5th Supervisorial District

Number of seats: 3
No write-in candidates
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Ray Reynolds
  • Mike Roskey

San Diego County – 1st Supervisorial District

Number of seats: 6
Candidates declared elected without appearing on the ballot:

  • Mary Lou Finley

San Francisco County (11 seats)

Number of seats: 11
Write-in candidates possible
Candidates who will appear on the ballot:

  • Meghann Adams
  • Richard Becker
  • David W. Campbell
  • Arthur Covington
  • Ronald Holladay
  • Nathalie Hrizi
  • Saul Kanowitz
  • Nancy Reiko Kato
  • Nancy Elizabeth Keiler
  • Tina Landis
  • Frank Lara
  • Tom Lacey
  • Gloria LaRiva
  • Antoinette Marquez
  • Toni Mendicino
  • Robert Price
  • Forrest Schmidt

Santa Clara County

Number of seats: 12
Write-in candidates possible
Candidates who will appear on the ballot:

  • Jon Britton
  • Dave Kadlecek
  • Susan Muysenberg
  • Steven Patt

Santa Cruz County

Number of seats: 7
There are qualified write-in candidates
Candidates who will appear on the ballot:

  • Maureen Smith
  • Michael Smith
  • Neal Sweeney
  • Tahnee Sweeney

Qualified write-in candidates:

  • Bob Guzley
  • Joe Williams
  • Edward “Teddy” Wood

Sonoma County

Number of seats: 7
Write-in candidates possible
Candidates who will appear on the ballot

  • Erin “Renee” Mitchell
  • Toni Novak
  • Irv Sutley
  • Rob Weinstein
  • Anna A. White
  • Linda Wren

Voting for Write-In Candidates

April 25, 2012

This article is based primarily on information on the Secretary of State’s website. Click here for the sources.

This June the Peace and Freedom Party is supporting four write-in candidates for Congress and the State Legislature. There are also write-in candidates for County Central Committee seats in LOs Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento and Santa Cruz Counties.

Write-in votes are sometimes not counted when voter don’t mark their ballots correctly. So you need to follow your county’s instructions carefully. The procedure varies from county to county because it depends on the voting machines being used.

This article explains how to make sure that your write in vote is valid and gets counted.

Read more »

Alameda County Central Committee

April 1, 2012

The following information was provided by the Alameda County Central Committee.

Under the State Elections Code the Peace and Freedom Party is governed by its State Central Committee and County Central Committees. A new State Central Committee is formed in August every two years after the June Primary Election, in even-numbered years, at a convention meeting of the Peace and Freedom Party. This year, the State Central Committee will select the Peace and Freedom Party candidate for President of the United States at our Convention on August 4th and 5th in Southern California.

The Central Committee is elected by County, and by Supervisory District within Alameda County. You are in the Fifth District, where there are eight candidates for six seats, so you should vote for no more than six of the candidates listed below. The existing Central Committee has endorsed all of the candidates and has requested campaign statements from each. Their statements are listed in the order received:

Fifth District Candidate for Central Committee

Marsha Feinland: I am a retired public school teacher and union activist. I was elected to the Berkeley Rent Board in 1994 with the mission of stopping rent increases. I have been active in P&F since 1988. Find my positions at www.feinlandforsenate.org.

Eugene Ruyle: Retired professor of Anthropology (and Marxism), Cal State Long Beach. PFP Candidate for Congress, 1982, 2008, & 2010. Will work to make PFP more open, democratic, and effective. Write in Candidate for 15th Assembly District, 2012. More background into at:
www.cuyleruyle.com.

John Comly: Support Peace and Freedom Party’s Platform! I support anti-capitalism worldwide, opposing US/UN/NATO military and economic warfare. Foreign, forward-basing installations: close them! Troops home! Military-industrial complex: quickly dismantled. P&F should continue special struggles against racism, sexism and anti-LGBT bigotry and violence. For full employment at best union scale wages and benefits.

Norma Harrison: It is enormously satisfying to affirm with people via this conventional venue, their deep desire to build the struggle for socialism communism toward anarchism. It offers people a work to do that is about the entire issue with which we engage. Claim our stolen commons; Occupy the electoral arena.

Edith Hallberg: Retired substitute teacher with 27 years of service, Berkeley resident since 1966, registered P&F in 1968. A just society is possible only if we fight for it by building a movement of many diverse groups. I support the P&F platform and will fight for it until we achieve our goals.

Bob Evans. Peace and Freedom central committee member since 1973. Delegate to the 1974 convention which first adopted an expressly socialist platform. Committed to preserving PFP as the only voice of the working class on California’s ballot. Eviction defense lawyer and former elected member of the Berkeley Rent Board.

Stan Woods. Born and raised in a working class family in West Virginia, long time PFP activist, lifelong labor, Antiwar/Anti-Imperialist, and Anti-Police Brutality activist, Former Elected member of KPFA Local Station Board. Played a role within Occupy Oakland with Shut the West Coast Ports and the Labor Solidarity Committees.

Gerald Sanders. No statement received to date, but Gerald is well known as a long time PFP activist, active in Occupy Oakland and other activities.

In the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Districts, since there are fewer candidates for Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party than seats available, the following candidates, who are running unopposed, have been declared elected by the Registrar of Voters:

Second and First Districts (no candidates)

Third District

Albert Dragstedt, Professor of Philosophy: A Socialist Party is now indispensable in order to point to the need to reform the mode of production from one based upon private ownership of what society needs for a viable relation to nature to one which can bring mindfulness to man’s metabolism with nature.

Eric Bergman: Incumbent State Central Committee member. Involved in the struggle for social justice in a variety of ways. This includes prisoners, war, sexism, and unions.

Fourth District

Amy Gray-Schlink. Oakland resident, queer mom, public utility plumber, and unionist, is active with the Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women, and Sisters United Front for Survival. Openly socialist and feminist, Amy advocates a Peace & Freedom Party that is fully democratic and diverse. She strongly supports united left electoral slates.


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Endorsements

President/Vice President:
Roseanne Barr
Cindy Sheehan

State Senate 9th District
Mary McIlroy
State Senate 33rd District
Lee Chauser
State Assembly 15th District
Eugene Ruyle
Proposition 30
Neutral on 30
Proposition 31
No on 31
Proposition 32
No on 32
Proposition 33
No on 33
Proposition 34
Yes on 34
Proposition 35
No on 35
Proposition 36
Yes on 36
Proposition 37
Yes on 37
Proposition 38
No on 38
Proposition 39
Yes on 39
Proposition 40
Neutral on 40

Local endorsements are listed here.

Register and Vote

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