San Francisco community activist Gloria La Riva was selected to be the presidential nominee for the Peace and Freedom Party at its convention in Sacramento over the weekend. She will appear on California ballots alongside running mate Dennis Banks.
La Riva previously ran for governor of California with the party in 1998. Banks is a longtime organizer with the American Indian Movement.
"Having a socialist option on the ballot of the most populous state in the United States is tremendous. Across the state there are millions of workers and their families who face unemployment, poverty, racism, deportations and police brutality, inherent symptoms of the capitalist society we live in," La Riva said in a statement.