According to Ballot Access News, the primary ballot for the Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) in California will list four candidates for the party’s presidential nomination: Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) presidential nominee Peta Lindsay, Socialist Party USA (SPUSA) presidential nominee Stewart Alexander, and Stephen Durham of the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP).
The PFP was founded in 1967, and is devoted to “socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism and racial equality.” Though the party organization is almost exclusively in California, it is currently attempting to permanently expand nationally. Its nomination is coveted because the party has qualified for ballot access in California, due to its performance in previous elections.
Of the candidates:
Rocky Anderson announced his presidential run and the creation of the Justice Party last month. Thus far, the party has achieved ballot access in Mississippi, but was unable to meet the January 2 deadline to appear on the California ballot. He just recently decided to seek the PFP nomination.
Peta Lindsay won the PSL nomination in November, and is only 27 years old, which may cause ballot access problems in states that require candidates to be constitutionally eligible to serve. However, courts in California have recently ruled that candidates cannot be barred from the ballot because of eligibility. The PSL nominee normally seeks the PFP nomination as did Gloria La Riva in 2008.
Stewart Alexander, who was the running mate of 2008 SPUSA presidential nominee Brian Moore, who unsuccessfully sought the PFP nomination that year, won the SPUSA’s presidential nomination in October. He was the PFP nominee for California Lieutenant governor in 2006, but lost the party’s primary for governor in 2010.
Stephen Durham is the nominee of the FSP, a socialist feminist party. Not much can be found on Durham, though he is the author of this letter, which was published on IPR in 2009.
The nominee for the PFP will be chosen after the primary at the party’s national convention.
In 2008, consumer advocate Ralph Nader won the primary and was later chosen as the party’s presidential nominee at the national convention, defeating both La Riva and Moore as well as Green Party nominee Cynthia McKinney. Afterwards, he was able to collect enough signatures for the party to appear on the ballot in Iowa in addition to California. The Nader ticket won 108,381 votes (0.8%) in California, and 8,014 votes (0.52%) in Iowa.