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• Endorsed candidates: Eugene Puryear for At-Large Member of Council; David Schwartzman for Shadow U.S. Senator
• Party leaders demand equal participation for Statehood Green candidates in all forums sponsored by nonpartisan groups
WASHINGTON, DC — The DC Statehood Green Party is challenging non-aligned and nonpartisan organizations to include Statehood Green candidates in all candidates’ forums for which they are qualified.
The party has endorsed two of its candidates, Eugene Puryear for At-Large Member of City Council (http://www.EugenePuryear.com) and David Schwartzman for Shadow U.S. Senator (http://www.davidschwartzman.com).
Mr. Puryear will face G. Lee Aikin in a contest for the DC Statehood Green nomination in the April 1 primary election.
Statehood Greens recently protested a decision by DC for Democracy (http://www.dcfordemocracy.org) to limit a pre-primary forum on Jan. 29 for At-Large Councilmember candidates to Democrats.
Mr. Puryear and Ms. Aikin qualify for all At-Large candidates’ forums and debates sponsored by nonpartisan organizations, because they are competing for their party’s nomination.
The two Statehood Green candidates ignored the exclusion and took the stage at the Jan. 29 forum. Despite the moderator’s initial dismay, they were accepted into the At-Large Council candidates’ debate.
Mr. Puryear received thunderous applause from the audience at the historic 6th and I Synagogue, when he called for immediate and complete removal of the question about criminal records on job application forms (“Ban the Box”) and urged legalization of marijuana.
“I was pleased that my challenger and I were in the end able to participate in the forum hosted by DC for Democracy, but it should not be a battle for a party which has had been on the ballot in DC for decades now,” said Eugene Puryear.
“The claim that Washington, DC is a one-party town and that only one party’s candidates count is an affront to the democratic spirit of fair and open elections. DC voters deserve to know about all of the candidates, before and after the primaries,” added David Schwartzman.
The DC Statehood Green Party is an affiliate of the Green Party of the United States (http://www.gp.org), which endorses DC statehood in its platform. The national platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties do not endorse DC statehood.
Endorsement of statehood for DC was removed from the Democratic platform in 2004 and remained missing in 2008 or 2012. The DC Statehood Green Party has criticized this omission, as well as attempts by some Democratic candidates and elected officials to draw a false equation between voting representation in Congress (“DC voting rights”) and self-governance (DC statehood).
Statehood Greens have protested other instances of apparent bias against their candidates. In 2012, the party called attention to a Washington Post “Voters Guide” published on Nov. 1, 2012, in which party membership was omitted for all Statehood Green candidates ().
The DC Statehood Green Party has major party status and ballot access in Washington, DC. In 2012 and other general elections, Statehood Green candidates have collectively received more votes than Republican candidates, leading many to call Statehood Greens “DC’s Second Party” in terms of election day numbers. The party accepts no corporate contributions.
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