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Roseanne Barr wins California’s Peace and Freedom Party nomination: Cindy Sheehan is VP nominee

In a post at their website, the Peace and Freedom Party announces their nomination of Roseanne Barr for President, and Cindy Sheehan’s nomination for Vice President.

Roseanne Barr for President

Updated August 4, 2012 by the Website Workers Council

On August 4, the Peace and Freedom Party nominated Roseanne Barr for President and Cindy Sheehan for Vice President.
Roseanne Barr

Barr had sought the Green Party nomination. Numerous articles about Barr’s campaign can be found in Green Party Watch’s archives

Socialist Party Presidential nominee Stewart Alexander was seeking the California based Peace and Freedom Party nomination as well as Barr.

Check back soon for more details.

The following was sent in reply to an inquiry sent to the Peace and Freedom Party via their website:

Here is a brief report on how the voting went this afternoon at the Peace and Freedom Party California State Convention in Los Angeles:

Wow! What a session! We went through the whole process, with nominations and seconds and speeches and so on – and at the very end of her 15 minute speech, the last one before the voting began, Peta Lindsay announced that the PSL was withdrawing her name from consideration, because her nomination would likely leave a blank on the California ballot (as she is not yet 35, the constitutional minimum age), and the Peace and Freedom Party needs names on the ballot. Then she paused, while peoples jaws dropped and there were gasps all over the hall – and announced that they would be voting for Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan, who would be good representatives of the party and fighters for socialism!

The rules had been changed to allow three ballots before eliminating the lowest vote-getter, rather than one ballot. Of course, a majority (of all present and able to vote) for one candidate would end the voting at that point.

First ballot: Barr 29, Stewart Alexander 12, Stephen Durham 18, 4 abstentions. (32 votes required for a majority, we thought. After the vote, there was a count-off to determine exactly how many delegates were present and able to vote. There were in fact 64, meaning that the required majority was 33.)

(The several people who had told me they intended to vote for Rocky Anderson before he withdrew, voted in the first round instead either for Roseanne Barr or Stewart Alexander.)

Second ballot: Barr 37, Alexander 6, Durham 16, 5 abstentions. Barr was declared nominated.

Several people who had voted for Alexander or Durham recognized that Barr was going to be nominated, and switched their votes even though no one had yet been formally dropped, ending the process before it could become too wearing.

While both Cindy Sheehan and Christina Lopez were nominated from the floor for VP, Lopez declined (because she is Durhams’s running mate nationally), and Cindy was nominated for Vice President with all in favor except 13 abstentions (mainly from FSP). So it’s official – Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan are the Peace and Freedom Party ticket.

Lots more happened today, and there will be plenty of important decisions tomorrow, but I know people wanted this news. -Kevin

It should be noted that Rocky Anderson had withdrawn from consideration three days before the convention, saying he did not have the needed support to win the nomination.

Others who sought the Peace and Freedom Party’s Presidential and Vice Presidential nominations included former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, Stephen Durham of the Freedom Socialist Party, and Peta Lindsay of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

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Socialist Alexander No Longer Seeking Green Nomination for President

The list of candidates openly seeking the Green Party nomination has been cut in half (from 2 to 1) as Stewart Alexander, the Socialist Party’s VP candidate in 2008, announced earlier this month that he would no longer be seeking the Green Party nomination.

Alexander had sought to unite “progressives” behind his campaign seeking nomination by the Socialist Party, the Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party. In this post on Indybay, Alexander has apparently abandoned the Green option:

In a statement, Stewart Alexander said his decision was based upon the Green Party’s nomination requirements; “the requirements would greatly restrict my ability to seek the U.S. Presidential Nominations for the Socialist Party USA and the Peace and Freedom Party.”

The requirements he is referring to are likely that in order to qualify for the Green Party nomination a candidate must run on the Green Party’s ballot line in every state where it is available. This would naturally complicate things in states like California where the Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party both have ballot access.

More:

Alexander has been with the Peace and Freedom Party since 1998. In 2006, Alexander was the PFP’s California Candidate for lieutenant governor, and in 2010, he ran as a candidate for California governor on the PFP’s ballot line. Alexander joined the Socialist Party USA in 2007 and was the party’s nominee for U.S. Vice President in 2008. Until recently, Alexander was the California Chair for the Socialist Party; however, he moved aside to allow more time to build his campaign in the 2012 race for the White House.

Alexander says his presidential campaign is a left campaign to President Obama’s broken promises to working people. Alexander’s campaign has emphasized ending the U.S. war campaigns in Asia and Africa, introducing a single-payer health care system for working people, ending the big corporate tax breaks for big corporations, protecting Medicare, and creating millions of good paying jobs for working people.

Stewart Alexander is hoping to receive the U.S. Presidential Nomination for the Socialist Party during the SP National Convention which is scheduled for October 14-16, 2011 in Los Angeles. Alexander will also be seeking the PFP’s Nomination for President during the PFP State Convention in August 2012.