Gloria La Riva

Gloria La Riva

Gloria La Riva addresses antiwar protesters in Hollywood, California on March 15, 2008.
Personal details
Born (1954-08-13) August 13, 1954
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
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 activist associated most recently with the Party for Socialism and Liberation and in California with the Peace and Freedom Party, and previously with the Workers World Party. She was the PSL's 2008 presidential candidate,[1] and was also vying for the nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party in California, but lost the bid to Ralph Nader.[2] La Riva ran as the PSL's presidential candidate in the 2016 race, with Dennis J. Banks[3] as her running mate.

Life and career

Gloria La Riva was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 13, 1954. She graduated from high school and began attending Brandeis University in 1972.[4] 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%),[5][6] and for Congress in 2010 (3rd place - 2.5%).[7][8]

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

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.[11] As of August 2012, La Riva was on the ballot in Iowa, Utah and Wisconsin.[12]

In July 2015, she was announced as the PSL presidential nominee, with Eugene Puryear as her running mate.[13]

As of July 24, 2016 La Riva and her campaign raised $25,234 and spent $10,092.[14]

La Riva attained ballot access in eight states: Vermont, New Mexico, Iowa, Louisiana, Colorado, Washington, New Jersey, and California.[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!.


  1. "Vote PSL in 2008!" (Press release). Party for Socialism and Liberation. 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  2. Watson, George (2008-01-02). "State could shape primaries". San Bernardino County Sun. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  4. La Riva introduces herself at 17:12
  5. Lawrence Kestenbaum. "The Political Graveyard: Mayors and Postmasters of San Francisco, California".
  6. "Gloria La Riva: Biography".
  7. Administrator. "Gloria La Riva for Congress -- District 8".
  8. "Gloria LaRiva's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart". Project Vote Smart.
  9. "2008 Presidential General Election Results". Dave Leip's Election Results. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
  10. "Media Workers Guild, Typographical Union — Officers and Staff". Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  11. Winger, Richard. "Ballot Access News » Blog Archive » Only One Presidential Candidate Files in Utah Using the Independent Candidate Procedure". Ballot Access News. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  12. Winger, Richard. "Ballot Access News » Blog Archive » Iowa Will List Eight Presidential Candidates". Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  13. Winger, Richard (July 24, 2015). "Party for Socialism and Liberation Announces 2016 Presidential Ticket". Ballot Access News. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  14. "Details for Candidate ID : P80005572 Cycle". Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  15. Chris Powell (2016-08-03). "Who is on the presidential ballot where?". Retrieved 2016-09-09.
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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