Gloria La Riva
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Gloria La Riva
Gloria La Riva
La Riva holding a microphone
Gloria La Riva speaking at a protest in San Francisco, January 2017
Personal details
Born (1954-08-13) August 13, 1954 (age 64)
Political party Party for Socialism and Liberation
Other political
Peace and Freedom Party (affiliated nonmember)
Worker's World Party
Alma mater Brandeis University
Occupation Newspaper Printer, activist

Gloria Estela La Riva (born August 13, 1954) is an American socialist activist with the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) and the Peace and Freedom Party. She was previously a member of the Workers World Party. She was the PSL's 2008 presidential candidate,[1] and ran as the PSL's presidential candidate again in the 2016 race, with Eugene Puryear and Dennis J. Banks[2] as her running mates.

Life and career

La Riva was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 13, 1954. She graduated from high school and began attending Brandeis University in 1972.[3] She first ran as a third-party candidate for President of the United States in the 1992 presidential election, 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. 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%),[4][5] and for Congress in 2010 (3rd place - 2.5%).[6][7]

In the 2008 Presidential election, La Riva received 6,821 votes, the 10th highest vote total.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] As of August 2012, La Riva was on the ballot in Iowa, Utah and Wisconsin.[11]

In July 2015, she was announced as the PSL presidential nominee, with Eugene Puryear as her running mate.[12]

As of July 24, 2016 La Riva and her campaign raised $25,234 and spent $10,092.[13]

She attained ballot access in eight states: Vermont, New Mexico, Iowa, Louisiana, Colorado, Washington, New Jersey, and California.[14]

La Riva was a candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party nomination for Governor of California in 2018.[15]

Other activities

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!


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Gavrielle Holmes
Workers World Party Vice Presidential candidate
1984 (lost), 1988 (lost)
Succeeded by
Larry Holmes
Preceded by
Larry Holmes
Workers World Party Presidential candidate
1992 (lost)
Succeeded by
Monica Moorehead
Preceded by
Maria Elizabeth Munoz
Peace and Freedom Party California Gubernatorial candidate
1994 (lost), 1998 (lost)
Succeeded by
C. T. Weber
Preceded by
Larry Holmes
Workers World Party Vice Presidential candidate
1996 (lost), 2000 (lost)
Succeeded by
Teresa Gutierrez
Preceded by
Party for Socialism and Liberation Presidential candidate
Succeeded by
Peta Lindsay

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