On November 6, Californians will be voting in the 2018 Gubernatorial Elections, an election that will also include elections of lieutenant governor, senators, state representatives, attorney general and several key executive official positions.
Five Peace and Freedom Party candidates to date have filed to run for statewide office in the June 2018 California Primary. Our current slate of candidates is as follows.
Gloria La Riva — Peace and Freedom Party candidate, Governor
Gloria La Riva is a veteran social justice, anti-war and union activist and organizer. She was 2010 and 2014 candidate for governor, and 2016 Peace and Freedom Party and Party for Socialism and Liberation candidate for U.S. president.
C.T. Weber — Peace and Freedom Party candidate, Secretary of State
C.T. Weber was a long-time union organizer, steward, and elected leader (including four two-year terms on the California State Employees Association Board of Directors. As Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, District Labor Council 784 president, he served on the SEIU Local 1000 State Council and was a delegate to the Sacramento Central Labor Council. Currently, he serves as a delegate to the Sacramento Central Labor Council, representing California Alliance for Retired Americans. He is also director of public relations for the Retired Public Employees Association.
Adriane Bracciale —
Peace and Freedom Party candidate, California state Attorney General
Adriane Bracciale is a practicing criminal defense attorney in the Inland Empire. Through her experience both as a public defender and in private practice, she has witnessed firsthand how the system is stacked against poor and working people, people of color, and vulnerable communities. She has devoted her career to defending people against an overreaching government, and has an extensive background in community leadership, in volunteering, and as an organizer of direct services to disenfranchised communities, including homeless and indigent veterans. As Attorney General, she would prosecute killer cops; crack down on prosecutorial misconduct; fight against illegal police harassment of the homeless; take a strong stand against Donald Trump’s federal rollbacks; restore constitutional protections for all Californians; and enforce protections for workers’, immigrants’, and women’s rights. Adriane Bracciale is a lawyer for the people and a tireless advocate – exactly the lawyer California needs.
Nathalie Hrizi — Peace and Freedom Party candidate, Insurance Commissioner
Nathalie Hrizi is a public school teacher in San Francisco, a union and social justice activist, and editor of the quarterly magazine Breaking the Chains: A Socialist Perspective on Women’s Liberation. She ran for Insurance Commissioner in 2014, winning 212,991 votes, or 5.6 percent of the total cast.
Kevin Akin — Peace and Freedom Party candidate, State Treasurer
Kevin Akin of Riverside is a retired hospital maintenance worker who has been an activist in the Peace and Freedom Party and for peace and social justice since he was a teenager. He was the Peace and Freedom Party nominee for State Treasurer in 1982 and is running again in 2018. He advocates forming a California State Bank to keep tax money out of the hands of the profiteers and serve the needs of the people; revising the tax code to lift the burden from workers and the poor and make those who benefit the most from this economy pay for social needs; and breaking up the disproportionate influence of the billionaires and their corporations on state financial decisions.
Mary Lou Finley — Peace and Freedom Party candidate, State Controller
Mary Lou Finley advocates reducing the tax burden on working people and shifting it to those best able to pay, the wealthy who benefit from the current economic system. The State Controller serves on 76 boards and commissions, in addition to being the state’s chief bookkeeper and auditor, and is very influential on tax policy and tax legislation. Mary Lou is recently retired from the San Diego Unified School District and is a member of the California School Employees Association. She has been active for many years against police brutality, for freeing Leonard Peltier and other political prisoners, and in local campaigns for social justice issues and for progressive candidates.
Jordan Mills — Peace and Freedom Party candidate, U.S. Congress
Jordan Mills is an educator and union organizer from Oceanside. He’s spent 25 years fighting for the rights of oppressed people in California. Since 2000, he’s been a professor and debate coach at Southwestern College in San Diego County. Jordan Mills believes the 16 years of Darrell Issa in Congress is more than enough. The working people of the 49th district need a change from oligarchs and austerity.