The Buzz: Permit or not, Cindy Sheehan is in the governor's race

August 28, 2013 

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Cindy Sheehan, flanked by supporters, announces Tuesday that she is running for California governer as the Peace and Freedom Party candidate. She admitted that she lacked a permit for the gathering at the Capitol.

RICH PEDRONCELLI — Associated Press

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan is casting her nascent gubernatorial campaign as an effort to restore power to the people of California. Sheehan, who says she doesn't drive, relied on another form of power to get from Davis to Sacramento for her campaign launch Tuesday.

She rode her bike.

On the steps of the Capitol, Sheehan pledged to focus on bringing peace, economic equality and environmental stability to the state. Chief among her goals, she said, is to break the stranglehold on the state's politics "by the two parties of, by and for the corporations and the 1 percent," said the Peace and Freedom Party candidate.

Sheehan, 56, made a name for herself protesting the Iraq War after her son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed there in 2004. She later mounted a pair of unsuccessful attempts at federal office.

Sheehan, admitting that she hadn't secured a permit for the event Tuesday, piggybacked on a news conference held by critics of the Brown administration's handling of prisons.

"This is, like, serendipitous, for us. We didn't get a permit," she said.

"I guess I shouldn't announce that."

– Christopher Cadelago

BILL WATCH

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– Melody Gutierrez

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