FAIRFIELD — Vacaville resident Cindy Sheehan of the Peace and Freedom Party will take out papers Friday at the Solano County Registrar of Voters for her run for governor in June.
She’ll be on the front steps of the county offices on Texas Street at 10:30 a.m., her campaign announced.
“Jerry Brown has had the temerity to proclaim that ‘California is back,’” Sheehan said in a press release. “I am a born and raised Californian and I know who the state is really ‘back’ for: Jerry Brown and his cronies in private education, private prisons, and big oil. The time is now for the 99 percent to take this state back for we the people.
She said California is at or near the top in the nation for homelessness, incarceration, unemployment – and near the bottom in education.
“Against the wishes of his base, but in allegiance to his big donors in Big Oil,” Sheehan continued, “Gov. Brown has opened more precious land for the disastrous hydro-fracturing. The social safety net is being tightened like a noose around the necks of vulnerable Californians, like the mentally ill, seniors and students and the situation gets worse at the hands of the Democrat and Republican politicians,” she said.
Sheehan’s oldest son Casey was killed April 4, 2004 in Iraq. She is a peace activist, author and podcast host.
Los Angeles resident Dede Miller, Sheehans’s sister and campaign coordinator, said with the two top June primary vote-getters – regardless of political party —going on the November ballot in California, Sheehan’s strategy is a second-place finish.
“We have a really, really, really strong chance of coming in second in the primary,” Miller said of Sheehan. Then, Miller added, “the media will have to cover her.”
“Once she’s No. 2, Jerry Brown will have to debate her,” Miller added.
Sheehan ran in 2008 for Congress and came in second against then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The battle cry of her campaign for governor is: “Second place wins the race.”
She said, “With the wonderful natural and financial resources of this State and with the energy of the people, we can end poverty in California; clean and restore the environment; empty our prisons of nonviolent offenders and dramatically increase funding and the quality of public education; house the homeless and feed the poor with healthy non-GMO foods.”
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