Yesterday, members of the socialist Peace and Freedom Party had the opportunity to vote in the non-binding California primary for three of the four candidates seeking their presidential nomination.
With all precincts reporting, former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson won with 1,208 votes, 43.4% of the total. Socialist Party USA nominee Stewart Alexander came in second with 835 votes (30%), and Freedom Socialist Party nominee Stephen Durham finished third with 738 (26.5%) . Party for Socialism and Liberation nominee Peta Lindsay was denied a spot on the ballot because she does not meet the age requirements to be president, but remains a candidate for the party’s nomination in August. The nomination is prized because it guarantees ballot access for the winning candidate in California, the most populous state.
The first-place Anderson decided to seek the nomination in January after the Justice Party, which he founded in December, failed to qualify in California. The party had qualified for the ballot in Utah and Mississippi, and has since won affiliate status in New Mexico and Oregon. Anderson and the Justice Party promote campaign finance reform, environmentalism, fair trade, and social justice.
Second-place Alexander initially ran for the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nomination before deciding to focus on the Socialist Party USA, for which he served as the vice-presidential nominee in 2008. After winning the nomination in October, Alexander elected to also seek the Peace and Freedom Party nomination. He was the Peace and Freedom Party’s nominee for Lieutenant governor in 2006, and unsuccessfully sought the party’s 2010 nomination for U.S. Senate. Alexander and Socialist Party USA endorse Democratic Socialism, the “social ownership and democratic control of productive resources.” Texas Socialist Party chairman Alejandro Mendoza is his running mate.
The third-place Durham chose to run for the Peace and Freedom Party presidential nomination after winning the nomination of the Freedom Socialist Party in January. A long-time social activist, Durham and his party advocate feminism, LGBT rights, and economic equality. His running mate is feminist immigration rights activist Christina López.
The Peace and Freedom Party may pick Anderson, Alexander, Durham, or Lindsay at the nominating convention in August. Though the primary results have no effect on the allocation of delegates for the convention, in 2008, consumer advocate Ralph Nader won both the primary and nomination and won 108,381 votes in the state on Election Day. In addition to California, he also helped the party appear on the Iowa ballot, where he won 8,014 votes.
Results by County
Orange – Rocky Anderson – 1,208 votes (43.4%)
Blue – Stewart Alexander – 835 votes (30.0%)
Green – Stephen Durham – 738 votes (26.5%)