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Cindy Sheehan's decision not to run for US Senate leaves Green Party candidates as the only real option for millions of California voters opposed to the war in Iraq

GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE

SACRAMENTO (February 10, 2006) - The nominee of the Green Party for U.S. Senate - after anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan bowed out of the race Thursday - may be the only hope for millions of California voters who desperately want the war in Iraq to end, said a trio of Green Party Senate candidates Friday.

Cindy Sheehan ended speculation she might seek public office on an anti-war platform by announcing Thursday she would not, as had been rumored, run in the upcoming June Primary opposing pro-war incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein for the Democratic Party nomination.

The Green Party's nominee for US Senate is now the only "peace" option for voters - including Democrats - who want the war to end, said the three hopefuls who will face-off in the June Primary.

"I have the utmost respect for what Cindy Sheehan has been able to accomplish. Now, without someone like her on the Democratic Primary ballot to give peace voters an option, the only way they can make a strong statement is by registering Green and voting in the Green Party Primary, and then vote Green in November," said Tian Harter, one Green candidate.

And, Todd Chretien, also running in the Primary for a chance to meet Feinstein, predicted that, had Sheehan run, "millions of Californians would have abandoned the pro-war incumbent to support her. The senate race will be a referendum on the war in Iraq. Sen. Feinstein wants it to continue. I want to bring our troops home now."

Kent Mesplay, another Green Party Senate candidate and former party presidential candidate in the 2004 California primary, praised Cindy Sheehan for her "determination to shine a light on the truth and to help in whatever way she can to lead us toward a more peaceful and equitable world. May we all encounter such genuine participants in our fledgling democracy."

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Contacts:
Crescenzo Vellucci, State Press Office, 916.996.9170,
Sara Amir (Los Angeles), 310.270.7106,
Dr. Bob Vizzard (Sacramento), 916.206.8953,
Daniel Brezenoff (Southern California), 310.422.2211,
Susan King (San Francisco), 415.823.5524,

The Green Party of California
PO Box 2828
Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437
Web: http://www.cagreens.org
EMail:

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