Category: Presidential Candidates

Four of the five announced candidates for the Peace and Freedom Party nomination for President have been nominated by other parties. These affiliations are noted for identification only. Clicking on a candidate’s name takes you to her or his page on this site.

The State Central Committee has not taken a position for or against any of the candidates in the Presidential primary. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen refused to put Peta Lindsay’s name on our primary election ballot because she is not 35 years old. The Peace and Freedom Party joined with Lindsay and her supporters to challenge this decision in court, but lost at the trial court level.

Roseanne Barr, who announced that she is a candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party nomination on July 19, did not participate in the June 5 primary.

The results of the primary are not binding on the nominating convention, which will be held on August 4 and 5 in Southern California. Delegates to the convention will be the new members of the county central committees elected at the same time (see this page).

Occupy the Presidency, May 5 in Berkeley

Tired of “debates” within the war-addicted Titanic Parties that are leading us straight into economic and ecological disaster? Join us for a discussion of the socialist alternative. We’ve invited representatives of the four candidates for the Peace and Freedom nomination for President to this event.

When: Saturday, May 5, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck, Berkeley ( MAP )
What: Discussion of the Peace and Freedom Party Presidential campaign
Sponsor: Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party
Contact: 510-465-9414 or use this contact form
Cost: Free (but please buy food & drink at the pub)

We have confirmed the following speakers:

  • Bob Price, representing the Durham campaign and the Freedom Socialist Party,
  • Zac Goldstein, representing the Alexander campaign and the Socialist Party,
  • Patricia Gray, representing the Anderson campaign and the Justice Party,
  • Frank Lara or Dick Becker, representing the Lindsay campaign and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Presidential Candidate Forum, April 17 in San Francisco

When: Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00pm
Where: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street (near 24th St BART) (MAP)
What: Presidential candidates forum
Sponsor: San Francisco Peace and Freedom Party
Contact: 415-637-3787
Cost: free

Hear from the Peace & Freedom Party candidates and their supporters.

  • representative of Stewart Alexander, nominee of the Socialist Party U.S.A.
  • Pat Gray representing Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson, nominee of the Justice Party
  • Stephen Durham, nominee of the Freedom Socialist Party
  • representative of Peta Lindsay, nominee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation

Meet and Greet the Candidates, April 16 in Sacramento

On Monday, April 16, the Peace and Freedom Party Sacramento County Central Committee will host a meet and greet with three of our Presidential candidates, and U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Feinland.

When: Monday, April 16 at 6:30pm
Where: Integrate, 1529 28th Street, Sacramento (MAP)
What: Meet and greet Peace and Freedom candidates
Sponsor: Sacramento County Central Committee
Contact: click here
Cost: free

Stephen Durham’s Voter Guide Statement

Each candidate for President is entitled to submit a statement of up to 250 words to the Secretary of State, who publishes them on her website. This is Stephen Durham’s statement (click here for the original).

I am running to offer solutions to the hardships working people face in this economic crisis—solutions that neither Democrats nor Republicans will provide because of their allegiance to the banks and corporations.

My Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) running mate for vice president is Christina López, a leader in fighting Washington state budget cuts. We stand for disarming the war machine and creating full employment with a publicly funded jobs program at union wages; taxing corporate profits to restore desperately needed social services and providing free, multicultural public education for all ages; and establishing elected, authoritative civilian review boards over the police.

We will work for universal, free healthcare, including reproductive services and abortion; nationalizing the banks and energy industry under workers’ control; ending the racist war on drugs; equal rights regardless of race, gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation, immigration status, or physical ability; protecting the environment; and eliminating election laws that discriminate against minor parties. We furthermore see this socialist feminist campaign as a way to help advance a working-class movement for fundamental, lasting change.

My experience through four decades as a radical organizer includes leading FSP branches in Los Angeles and New York City; union activism with co-workers in the restaurant industry; and building ties with socialists in Latin America as an FSP representative.

Endorsers include James Lafferty, Executive Director, Los Angeles National Lawyers Guild; Richard Brown, former Black Panther and victor in the San Francisco 8 case; and Tanya Smith, former president of UPTE-CWA 9119 Local 1.

Rocky Anderson’s Voter Guide Statement

Each candidate for President is entitled to submit a statement of up to 250 words to the Secretary of State, who publishes them on her website. This is Rocky Anderson’s statement (click here for the original).

I’m running for President because I believe government should promote freedom, equal opportunity, compassion, and security for all. Presently, the two dominant parties and their candidates owe primary allegiance to wealthy and corporate donors. Unlimited money has corrupted American politics.

As the two-term mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, I became internationally recognized as an effective advocate for the rights and freedoms of individuals, sound environmental policy to stop global warming and spur the economy, and my opposition to the Iraq War and other illegal and immoral projections of US military power. Under my leadership, Salt Lake City’s operations became some of the “greenest” in the nation while I fought relentlessly for environmental, economic, health and civil justice for all.

As president, I will work toward universal health care for all Americans, as exists in all other industrialized nations. I will implement cost-effective drug policies that treat addiction as disease rather than a crime. My proven record as a fiscal conservative demonstrates my resolve to balance the budget and reduce the accumulated debt by eliminating unnecessary spending and implementing fair taxation of those who gain most from our system. I will bring the Federal Reserve under control and eliminate the collusion among Wall Street, lobbyists, and government and work to reverse the disastrous Citizens United decision. The two-party duopoly has allowed corporate ownership of Washington. Only someone outside that system can change it. I have the proven record, vision, and energy to make that happen.