Camejo helped to found the California Green Party and ran for governor three times, including during the Gray Davis recall election (I am proud to say I voted for him). He ran for president in 1976 as the Socialist Workers Party candidate and was Ralph Nader’s VP candidate during his independent presidential campaign in 2004.
A short excerpt from the article above:
Active in the Free Speech Movement and in protests against the Vietnam War as a student at UC Berkeley in the late 1960s, Mr. Camejo landed on then-Gov. Ronald Reagan’s list of the 10 most dangerous people in California. School officials eventually expelled him, two quarters shy of a degree.
The spark of activism stayed with him as he became a leader in the movement to give voice to third-party candidates. He fought for universal health care, election reform, farmworker rights, living wage laws and against the death penalty and abortion restrictions.
His forum was often electoral politics, where he challenged Republicans and Democrats alike.
As a strong supporter of third parties in this country, as well as being a pioneer in the area of socially responsible investing, Camejo was a person whose beliefs and work really resonated with me.
RIP Peter Camejo, your lifework was and will continue to be an inspiration.