Gloria La Riva

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Gloria La Riva
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Gloria La Riva addresses antiwar protesters in Hollywood, California on March 15, 2008.
Personal details
Born August 13, 1954 (age 61)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Political party Party for Socialism and Liberation
Other political
Peace and Freedom Party(affiliated nonmember)
Alma mater Brandeis University
Occupation Newspaper Printer, activist

Gloria Estela La Riva (born August 13, 1954, in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an American politician associated most recently with the Party for Socialism and Liberation and in California with the Peace and Freedom Party, and previously with the Workers World Party. She was the PSL’s 2008 presidential candidate,[1] and was also vying for the nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party inCalifornia, but lost the bid to Ralph Nader.[2] La Riva launched her presidential campaign in January 2008, with Eugene Puryearrunning for vice president.

Political career[edit]

La Riva was first a third-party candidate for President of the United States in the United States presidential election, 1992, representing the Workers World Party, although this was an unofficial run as basically a placeholder on a few state ballots. She had also been the Workers World Party vice-presidential candidate in the elections of 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2000. She joined the Party for Socialism and Liberation in its split from the Workers World Party in 2004.

La Riva was also the Peace and Freedom Party candidate for Governor of California in 1994, receiving 72,774 votes (0.9%). She ran again in the 1998 gubernatorial election, capturing 59,218 votes (0.71%). She also ran for San Francisco Mayor in 1983 (7,328 votes – 5.4%) and 1991 (2,552 votes – 1.4%),[3][4] and for Congress in 2010 (3rd place – 2.5%).[5][6]

In the United States presidential election, 2008, she received 6,821 votes, the 10th highest vote total.[7] La Riva has also been the director of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, and president of the typographical sector of the Northern California Media Workers Union.[8]

In 2012, La Riva was a presidential stand-in for Peta Lindsay, PSL nominee for President who was not allowed on the ballot in some states due to her age.[9] As of August 2012, La Riva was on the ballot in Iowa, Utah and Wisconsin.[10]

In July of 2015, she was announced as the PSL presidential nominee, with Eugene Puryear as her running mate.[11]

Other activities[edit]

La Riva has translated Fidel Castro‘s book Cuba at the Crossroads (1997) ISBN 1-875284-94-X, and produced the documentary videos NATO Targets, Workers’ Democracy in Cuba (1996), Genocide by Sanctions: The Case of Iraq (1998) and Let Iraq Live!.

Bob Whitaker

American Freedom Party[edit]

Further information: American Freedom Party

Ballot Access: Mississippi (6 electoral votes)[25]


Name Prior positions State Nominated Vice presidential nominee
Bob Whitaker Political activist  South Carolina July 2015[26] Vacant