Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Camejo, Green Party leader, has cancer

Peter Miguel Camejo, the first California gubernatorial candidate to campaign with a pro-gay marriage stance, has been diagnosed with cancer.

Camejo, 67, who also supports medical marijuana, announced Monday, January 8 that he has lymphoma. A three-time Green Party gubernatorial candidate and Ralph Nader’s vice presidential candidate in 2004, he told the Associated Press that doctors found the cancer after he underwent an MRI last month for a swollen spleen.

“I was very lucky because it created pain and swelled my spleen,” Camejo told the AP in a telephone interview from his home in Folsom, a Sacramento suburb. “They are going to do several more procedures on me, and then I’ll have a better idea of what my treatment will be.”

Camejo said doctors believe his cancer is in the early stages and is treatable. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system and can occur most places in the body, reported the AP. The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Some doctors believe the cancer can be caused by chemical exposure, a factor Camejo told the AP he isn’t ruling out.

The former Walnut Creek resident chairs the board of directors of Progressive Asset Management Inc. He recently won election to the board of Earth Share, the federation of more than 400 environmental organizations, where he is working on a special program to promote solar energy.

He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2002, in the recall of 2003, and in last year’s race. Camejo told the Bay Area Reporter five years ago during his gubernatorial bid that gay and lesbian couples deserve the right to be married.

“We are 100 percent for equal rights for gays and lesbians. It is a basic premise of our belief system,” said Camejo.

On the issue of medical marijuana, Camejo said he supports decriminalizing the drug and would instead place more focus on anti-tobacco measures.

“I would let everybody out of jail associated with marijuana,” he said. “As for the government’s concept of fighting drugs, they’ve got it backwards. You end supply by ending demand.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, January 10, 2007 @ 5:02 pm PST
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