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Roseanne Barr seeks Peace and Freedom Party's presidential nod

August 4, 2012 | 12:13 pm

Comedian Roseanne Barr will vie to represent the Peace and Freedom Party as candidate for president at the party’s nominating convention in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Dozens of delegates gathered at a South L.A. Methodist church to hear the candidates present their cases. Voting will take place Saturday afternoon, party representatives said. Activist Stephen Durham, aspiring teacher Peta Lindsay and sales consultant and activist Stewart Alexander are also vying for the nomination.

Barr, who had previously sought the Green Party’s presidential nod, threw her name into the race on Thursday. Her running mate is Cindy Sheehan, who famously protested outside President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch after her son, Army Spec. Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq. The Green Party nominated environmentalist Jill Stein for president at its national convention in July.

The Peace and Freedom Party is struggling to maintain its ballot status under California’s new “top-two” primary system and needs to register tens of thousands of voters to maintain its ballot status in 2014, said Cat Woods, a member of the party’s statewide central committee who is supporting Barr.

“The hardest thing for us to do is to actually reach the people whose interests we represent,” said Woods. “The great thing about Roseanne and Cindy is that when they say it people actually hear it.”

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-- Paloma Esquivel

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