Camejo: Feeling well during cancer treatment

camejo.jpgI spoke this morning with Peter Camejo, the ’60s UC-Berkeley firebrand activist, socially conscious investment pioneer and Green gubernatorial and vice-presidential candidate, now battling lymphoma.

Camejo, 67, of Folsom, sounded strong as he talked about working on his autobiography while finishing up chemotherapy.

“I’m doing very well, the doctors tell me — they have their hopes up,” he said, adding things are looking rosier than they did when he was diagnosed in January; doctors found the cancer after he underwent an MRI for a swollen spleen. “I’m pretty optimistic, we’ll see. I’ve got four more treatments and then we’ll know for sure.”

Camejo was a Green Party gubernatorial candidate in 2002, 2003 and 2006 as well as the party’s vice presidential candidate under Ralph Nader in 2004. He chairs the Board of Directors of Progressive Asset Management Inc., a socially responsible investment brokerage he co-founded. He also recently was elected to board of directors of Earth Share, a nationwide network of America’s leading non-profit environmental and conservation organizations, where he’s working on a special program to promote solar energy. He’s a father of two and grandfather of two.

We wish him the very best, including a full recovery.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.