Wikinews interviews peace activist Cindy Sheehan, 2014 California gubernatorial candidate
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Sheehan is best known for her active opposition to the War in Iraq following the loss of her son Casey there in 2004. In protest of the war, she set up camp outside President George W. Bush's ranch in , Texas, demanding a pullout of U.S. troops and prosecution of Bush administration officials for war crimes. According to her website, Sheehan also advocates , believing it to be key to loosening the "Imperialist/Capitalist two-party stranglehold" on and world politics.
This campaign is not Sheehan's first foray into electoral politics. In House Nancy Pelosi for Congress, finishing second in a field of seven candidates. During the campaign, she championed the reduction of U.S. troops abroad, and endorsed , bank , , education subsidies, , alternative fuels, and electoral reform. In 2012, she ran as the nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party on a similar platform. The party promotes socialism, , and ., she challenged then-
With Wikinews, Sheehan discussesand her campaign and governing strategy, and assesses past , including Brown.
((William S. Saturn)) : Understanding that third party candidates do not often win, what do you hope to achieve by running for governor of California?
- Cindy Sheehan: First of all, unfortunately third party candidates NEVER win for high level state or federal offices, and now since passed, it is even harder. Having said that, in 2008, I ran as an independent against Nancy Pelosi and I came in second. In California, I think I may have a good chance to advance to the general election and hopefully force the other candidate, (Brown, ?) to debate me and bring up the issues and solutions to more people.
((WSS)) How do you plan to spread your message throughout the state?
- Sheehan: We already have many Californians who have volunteered to host the campaign with fundraisers and town hall meetings. I am going to ride my bike as much as possible to highlight the need to drastically cut our dependence on and to transition to clean, renewable, and sustainable forms of energy — also to highlight the need for cheap and comprehensive public transportation and infrastructure improvement.
((WSS)) How would you rate Jerry Brown's performance as governor? What would you do differently than him?
- Sheehan: Well, since I am challenging him, I would rate his performance as poor. He is in the pockets of so many special interests, like oil and , that he is not looking out for the interests of everyone in this state. I would hold dozens of to talk to the people of this state about their struggles and community-based solutions and work with the people to put their needs first and foremost. Instead of destroying education, I would put a revival of our public school system as one of the most urgent things we need to do.
((WSS)) If elected, how would you work with a legislature hostile to your agenda?
- Sheehan: By getting the people involved in the process. It’s the only way we can do it.
((WSS)) Which past California governor do you most admire?
- Sheehan: I majored in US History at and was focusing on , so I admire someone who ran for governor, , more than anyone who actually was elected. Our campaign is modeled off of his. But if I had to pick one that was actually governor, I would say, populist-progressive . May I also say that it’s way past time that California elected a female?
- Ron Gunzburger. "Online Guide to California Elections, Candidates & Politics" — , August 8, 2013 (date of access)
- David Siders. "Activist Cindy Sheehan plans run for California governor in 2014" — , August 6, 2013