This is the front page of the 2012 campaign website as it appeared immediately before the state convention, which was held on August 4 and 5, 2012.
June 5 Election Returns
For election returns (updated frequently), please see this article.
Why Vote Peace and Freedom Party
Sick of Republicans who are clueless? Tired of Democrats selling you out? There is an alternative! That alternative is the Peace and Freedom Party.
We fight for the things all working people need: free education, from pre-school through university; an end to U.S. intervention throughout the world; free health care for all, such as enjoyed by workers in every other industrialized nation in the world; full employment at union wages, with generous paid vacation and other benefits. Workers, both documented and undocumented, have the right to organize, safe working conditions, and paid sick leave. We can pay for these things if the rich are taxed at rates they can well afford.
These are not just planks in our platform, these are issues Peace and Freedom candidates and members work for. The many problems facing the working class concern us because we are a part of that class. We know we can’t get what we need just by voting for it, so we participate in mass organization and direct action as part of the labor, anti-war, civil rights, and other movements, and now the Occupy movement. But we also know we can’t get what we need unless we also vote for it—and that’s why we need an electoral party rooted in and responsible to the movement.
Beyond these specific issues and movements, we understand the underlying reason why we have to keep struggling for the things we need is the ownership of the world and the conditions of our labor by a very few, very wealthy people—capitalism. To win any of these struggles finally and for good, we need to replace capitalism with a working-class democracy in which production is planned to meet human needs—socialism.
Presidential Primary: The State Central Committee has not taken a position for or against any of the four candidates in the Peace and Freedom Party Presidential primary.
Legislative offices: The Peace and Freedom Party has endorsed these candidates for Congress and the State Legislature. Clicking on a candidate’s name takes you her or his page on this site.
- U.S. Senate – Marsha Feinland
Also on the ballot for U.S. Senate and giving Peace and Freedom as his party preference is Kabiruddin Karim Ali.
- U.S. Congress
- 34th District – Howard Johnson
- 37th District – Adam Shbeita (write-in candidate)
- State Senate
- 9th District – Mary McIlroy (write-in candidate)
- 33rd District – Lee Chauser (write-in candidate)
- State Assembly
- 9th District – C.T. Weber
- 15th District – Eugene E. Ruyle (write-in candidate)
For information on voting for write-in candidates, see this article.
Statewide ballot measures:
- Proposition 28 (term limits) – we have not taken a position on Prop. 28
- Proposition 29 (cigarette tax) – vote No on Prop. 29
Top Two Elections: Bad for Democracy
This June your ballot will be different. Except for the Presidential primary (which hasn’t changed), you will no longer vote for candidates to represent your political party in November. Instead, you will vote on which two candidates get to run again in the fall. The party labels that appear next to the candidates’ names will have little meaning because political parties no longer control the use of their names.
But you won’t see the real change until November, when you will have only two choices. They might well both be Democrats or both be Republicans. “Top two” elections relegate small party and independent candidates to June when fewer people turn out to vote.
Blame Prop. 14, passed in June 2010 as a result of several million dollars worth of advertising by big business friends of Arnold Schwarzenegger. They thought that by weakening political parties, both large and small, they could use their money more efficiently to influence elections. We think it’s unconstitutional and are joining with other plaintiffs to challenge it in court.