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The Party for So­cial­ism & Lib­er­a­tion has a deep in­ter­est in Cal­i­for­nia as pri­maries loom on June 5. Eight can­di­dates have filed to run for statewide of­fice in the Golden State, run­ning on the “Peace and Free­dom Party slate,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion ad­vises, de­scrib­ing this des­ig­na­tion as “Cal­i­for­nia’s fem­i­nist so­cial­ist po­lit­i­cal party.” The eight in­clude Glo­ria La Riva for gover­nor.

“Cal­i­for­nia is the 5th largest econ­omy in the world. Yet, the num­ber one and two cities with ex­treme poverty in the U.S. are Fresno and Bak­ers­field,” says Ms. Riva, who also ran for U.S. pres­i­dent as a so­cial­ist in 2016.

“The cor­po­ra­tions, banks and war prof­i­teers get bil­lions in tax breaks as they amass prof­its, while the work­ers and poor are strug­gling to get by. This is why Peace and Free­dom Party’s pro­gram and so­cial­ist ideals are gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity,” she notes.

There are 27 peo­ple run­ning for gover­nor in Cal­i­for­nia, in­clud­ing five Repub­li­cans, a dozen Democrats and a wide as­sort­ment of third party can­di­dates. Lieu­tenant Gov. Gavin New­some leads all the hope­fuls in pop­u­lar­ity ac­cord­ing to a Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia-Dorn­sife/Los An­ge­les Times poll re­leased Fri­day. Among Repub­li­cans, busi­ness­man John H. Cox has drawn the most sup­port, the poll found.

But what about those third party can­di­dates, who in­clude Lib­er­tar­ian and Green Party hope­fuls? The poll also found that Ms. Riva is the most pop­u­lar of independents hope­fuls, draw­ing as much as 2 per­cent of the vote among some de­mo­graph­ics, which bests more than a few of her Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can ri­vals.

The pri­maries are ar­riv­ing at an in­ter­est­ing time in Cal­i­for­nia, where “exit” groups are call­ing for the state se­cede from the United States al­to­gether and be­come a new coun­try. In April, Cal­i­for­nia’s Sec­re­tary of State Alex Padilla cleared a bal­lot pro­posal for the se­ces­sion idea to be in­cluded in the 2020 elec­tion. Ad­vo­cates are al­ready at work gath­er­ing the 366,000 voter sig­na­tures needed to have the pro­posal placed on the bal­lot.

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