Category: June 2012 Election

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.

Our Endorsements

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.

Also on the ballot for U.S. Senate and giving Peace and Freedom as his party preference is Kabiruddin Karim Ali.

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.

Presidential Candidate Forum, August 3 in Los Angeles

The confirmed speakers are (listed alphabetically):

  • Stewart Alexander for President, Socialist Party USA
  • Rocky Anderson for President, Justice Party
  • Stephen Durham for President, Freedom Socialist Party
  • Peta Lindsay for President, Party for Socialism and Liberation
  • Christina Lopez for Vice President, Freedom Socialist Party
  • Alex Mendoza for Vice President, Socialist Party USA
  • Yari Osorio for Vice President, Party for Socialism and Liberation
  • Luis Rodriguez for Vice President, Justice Party
  • Cindy Sheehan appearing on behalf of Roseanne Barr for President

When: Friday, August 3 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Martin Luther King Room, Vermont Square United Methodist Church, 4410 S Budlong Ave, Los Angeles (MAP)
What: presidential candidate forum
Sponsor: Los Angeles County Peace and Freedom Party
Contact: call 310-367-9648 or use this contact form
Cost: free

The Peace and Freedom Party‘s Los Angeles County Central Committee is pleased to invite you to attend a candidate forum Friday August 3, from 6:30-8:30 pm. This is the final forum before Saturday’s Convention vote, and an opportunity for all five candidates to present their views, programs, ideas and reasons for seeking the Peace and Freedom Party Presidential nomination.

Journalist and author James Tripp will moderate. Each candidate will have an opportunity to make a brief opening statement about themselves, their reasons for running and their campaign. The forum will cover topics ranging from foreign policy, economic recovery and job creation, healthcare, and education, selected from the Peace and Freedom Presidential Candidate Questionnaire. Then candidates will be able to respond to questions from the audience. Finally, all candidates will make a brief closing statement.

A reception with socializing and light refreshments will follow. Each campaign will be provided with a campaign table in the reception area for literature and volunteers.

Roseanne Barr’s Voter Guide Statement

In the June primary election, 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. Because Roseanne Barr became a candidate after the primary, her statement is one she would have submitted if she had been on the primary ballot.

I am running for President of the United States, because the so-called “two-party system” in this country prevents our government from representing the people and allows it to represent big money instead. I stand for the rights and interests of working people over the narrow interest of private profit.

Most people in this country believe that everyone should have access to health care and education. Access should not be decided by the profit of insurance companies and other private institutions. But the politicians in our government currently serve their donors instead of voters. I want people to vote outside the box that perpetuates wars, gives our public funds to the banks, and destroys our economy and environment. Say NO to wholesale theft and YES to a government for the people.

We have to start building alternatives now instead of submitting, time after time, to the threat of a “greater evil.” Remember that both evils have been doing the same evils once in office.

Through my TV show, I reached ordinary people with messages of empowerment and resistance through fun and humor. As a candidate, I am again reaching people to ask them to vote outside the dominant parties and start building alternatives that represent the people. The Peace & Freedom Party has been one of those alternatives for 45 years. Vote for me and support a new wave of politics beyond the tired old game.

Socialism – it’s not just for Wall Street, military contractors, or Congress anymore, but all Americans!

Roseanne Barr Responds to Questions

This documented can also be downloaded as a pdf.

I. Introduction

What is your occupation?

Actress, comedian, television producer, director, screenwriter, author, and macadamia nut collective farmer

Where are you from?

I grew up in a working-class Jewish family in Salt Lake City. I currently live in Hawaii.

Briefly describe your educational background, any past political campaigns, and any work you’ve done as an activist.

I’m self-educated. Barbara Ehrenreich called me a working-class spokesperson representing “the hopeless underclass of the female sex: polyester-clad, overweight occupants of the slow track; fast-food waitresses, factory workers, housewives, members of the invisible pink-collar army; the despised, the jilted, the underpaid.” I brought working class issues to millions of viewers weekly for nine years. I always refuse to use the term “blue collar” because it masks the issue of class.

My entire life has been one activist campaign for justice, peace, and freedom. I have incorporated these values into every aspect of my professional and personal life.

June 5 Election Returns

Here are partial results reported to date for the Peace and Freedom candidates in the June 5 election.

Note that write-in votes are not yet counted in Los Angeles County.
Eugene Ruyle (15th Assembly District) and Lee Chauser (33rd State Senate District)
are certain to advance to the second round in November because they are the
only certified write-in candidates in districts where only one candidate is
named on the ballot. Mary McIlroy also advances to the November election.

These results for legislative offices in which Peace and Freedom candidates
were listed on the ballot were last updated at 3:07pm on June 27.

Office Candidate Votes Percent Notes
U.S. Senate Marsha Feinland 56,607 1.2%
U.S. Senate Kabiruddin Karim Ali 12,035 0.3%
U.S. House, 34th District Howard Johnson 2,405 6.7%
State Assembly, 9th District C. T. Weber 1,932 3.0%

All write-in votes have now been reported, as shown in the following table.

Office Candidate Votes Percent Notes
U.S. House, 37th District (as of 2:54pm on June 12) Karen Bass (Dem) 49,287 99.9% Incumbent, only name on the ballot
Morgan Osborne (Rep) 36 0.1% Write-in
Adam Shbeita (PFP) 8 0.0% Write-in
Sean P. McGary (Lib) 4 0.% Write-in
State Senate, 9th District (as of 4:10pm on June 11) Loni Hancock (Dem) 123,624 99.3% Incumbent, only name on the ballot
Mary McIlroy (PFP) 785 0.6% Write-in
Lisa D. Ringer (Lib) 92 0.1% Write-in
State Senate, 33rd District (as of 2:54pm on June 12) Ricardo Lara (Dem) 32,692 100.0% Only name on the ballot
Lee Chauser (PFP) 3 0.0% Write-in
State Assembly, 15th District (as of 4:10pm on June 11) Nancy Skinner (Dem) 68,479 99.8% Incumbent, only name on the ballot
Eugene Ruyle (PFP) 105 0.2% Write-in

Presidential Primary

Here are close-to-final results of the Peace and Freedom Party presidential
preference primary, last updated at 3:32pm on June 27. Alameda County is the
only one to have reported write-in votes to the Secretary of State; valid write-ins
in other counties are not included here.

The outcome is not binding on the State Convention, which will nominate the party’s candidates for President and Vice President on August 4 and 5. Peta Lindsay, who was excluded from the primary election ballot by the Secretary of State, will also be a candidate at the convention.

Candidate Votes Percent Notes
Stewart Alexander 1,073 29.8%
Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson 1,559 43.3%
Stephen Durham 960 26.7%
Write-in candidates 5 0.1% Alameda County only
Totals 3,597 100.0%

County Central Committees

Here are partial results of the contested Central Committee elections. Where the data is available, we report percentages of total turnout as well as percentages of the total number of votes (where each voter has several votes). We think this approach is more meaningful than the way "vote for N" elections are reported by election officials. But it isn’t perfect either because Peace and Freedom registrants who didn’t vote for any Central Committee candidates are included in the denominator.

In Alameda County, 5th Supervisorial District, six candidates were elected.
These numbers were last updated at 4:10pm on June 11 . Alameda County says
they are the final results.

Candidate Votes % of Votes Notes
Marsha Feinland 150 21.2% Elected
Robert J. Evans 98 13.9% Elected
Gerald Sanders 91 12.9% Elected
Eugene E. Ruyle 81 11.5% Elected
John Comly 79 11.2% Elected
Stan Woods 74 10.5% Elected
Edith Monk Halberg 73 10.3%
Norma J. F. Harrison 60 8.5%
Total votes 706 100.0% Excludes 7 invalid write-ins

In Los Angeles County, 62nd Assembly District, seven candidates will be elected. These results were last updated at 2:54pm on June 12.

Candidate Votes % of Votes % of Turnout Notes
Karl Abrams 33 17.6% 41.2% Elected
Alice Stek 30 16.0% 37.5% Elected
Yolanda Miranda 25 13.4% 31.2% Elected
Suzy Williams 26 13.9% 32.5% Elected
Don Geagan 22 11.8% 27.5% Elected
Clay Claiborne 22 11.8% 27.5% Elected
James R. Smith 19 10.2% 23.8% Elected
Lynn M. Lomibao (write-in) 5 2.7% 6.2%  
Emidio (Mimi) M. Soltysik (write-in) 5 2.7% 6.2%  
Total votes 187 100.0% Excludes invalied write-ins
Total turnout 80 100.0%

In San Francisco, 11 candidates were elected. These numbers were last updated at 4:12pm on June 15. San Francisco has indicated that they should be considered final. A tie for the eleventh seat was resolved by lot on June 20.

Candidate Votes % of Votes % of Turnout Notes
Gloria La Riva 163 7.6% 40.3% Elected
Robert Price 161 7.6% 39.9% Elected
Tom Lacey 161 7.6% 39.9% Elected
Nathalie Hrizi 152 7.1% 37.6% Elected
Nancy Elizabeth Keiler 150 7.0% 37.1% Elected
Meghann Adams 143 6.7% 35.4% Elected
Nancy Reiko Kato 142 6.7% 35.1% Elected
Toni Mendicino 138 6.5% 34.1% Elected
Antoinette Marquez 127 5.6% 31.4% Elected
Richard Becker 122 5.7% 30.2% Elected
Forrest Schmidt 118 5.5% 29.2% Elected (won random drawing to resolve tie)
David W. Campbell 118 5.5% 29.2%
Frank Lara 117 5.4% 29.0%
Ronald Holladay 94 4.4% 23.3%
Saul Kanowitz 89 4.2% 22.0%
Tina Landis 88 4.1% 21.8%
Arthur Covington 50 2.3% 12.4%
Total votes 2,133 100.0% Excludes 28 invalid write-ins
Total turnout 404 100.0%

Spring 2012 Worker’s Voter Guide

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