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Resources for P&F Activists: Candidates, Potential Candidates and Others

Printable Peace and Freedom Party Campaign Literature

The Peace and Freedom Party and its candidates produce various pieces of literature as part of their campaigns. As a service to activists, we have a library of downloadable, printable versions of brochures, leaflets, flyers and position papers for use in the 2004 election campaign.

Independent Progressive Politics Network Campaign Manual

The Independent Progressive Politics Network has produced a series of manuals for running local electoral campaigns. The most recent published edition (the 4th edition, from January 2002) was only on their website as a Word document and as an HTML file that was only a bad reproduction of the Word document with no links. With the permission of the main author, Karen Kubby (a Socialist who was member of the Iowa City, Iowa, City Council for three terms), we have included three versions on our website:

Election Officials

If you are going to run for public office or play a major role in an election campaign, at some point you will need to deal with federal, state and/or local election officials. This page includes contact information for the federal, state and county election officials you may need to deal with if you run for partisan office in California.

Central Committees

State and County Central Committees are the governing body of the Peace and Freedom Party. Members of the Central Committees are elected in each county in the primary elections in even-numbered years. The number of central committee members elected in each county, whether they are elected at-large or by district, and how many valid signatures of Peace and Freedom Party registrants are needed for nomination depends on the P&F registration figures statewide, in the county and district. This page estimated the number of seats and signatures needed based on the P&F registration figures as of August 8, 2003.

In the past, P&F Central Committees seats were often won by write-in candidates, when fewer candidates qualified for the ballot than there were seats in the appropriate jurisdiction. In 1999, during the time we were off the ballot, the Legislature changed the law to require county elections officials to cancel uncontested elections for Peace and Freedom Party Central Committees, unless they receive a petition signed by 25 P&F registrants "indicating that a write-in campaign will be conducted for the office". If no such petition is received by 20 days after the deadline for filing nomination papers (for the March 2, 2004, primary election, Christmas Day, which meant we had until the next business day, Friday, December 26th, or Monday, December 29th, depending on the county's holiday schedule), then the election for Central Committees was canceled and no one had the opportunity to run as a write-in.

The Elections Code doesn't specify the form of such a petition, and we don't know of any counties that have their own forms for this petition. So, if you wanted to allow write-in candidates to run for Peace and Freedom Party Central Committees in March, you needed to create your own petition and collect 25 valid signatures on it by December 26th or 29th. P&F activists in several counties downloaded and used petition forms in this list:

For more information about the Peace and Freedom party in general, please visit our state web site, our Los Angeles County web site, or our newspaper's web site.

This page was last updated on 6 June 2004