News Story Says Cheri Honkala, Green Party Nominee for Pennsylvania Legislature, Might Win Even as a Write-In

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This Metro article about the special Pennsylvania legislature election says that even though Cheri Honkala, Green Party nominee, is a write-in candidate, she could still win. No Democrat is on the ballot either.

10 thoughts on “News Story Says Cheri Honkala, Green Party Nominee for Pennsylvania Legislature, Might Win Even as a Write-In

  1. Andy

    If Cheri Honkala wins this election, it is going to make the Libertarian Party look really bad, being that the Libertarian Party has not won a seat in a state legislature in over 16 years, and because the few times that the Libertarian Party did win seats in state legislatures, it was in the low population states of Alaska and New Hampshire, and not in any high population states like Pennsylvania.

  2. NewFederalist

    I seem to remember reading somewhere that she has a huge campaign budget… like on the order of $50,000. For a State Representative race that’s a pretty fair chunk of change! Given no Democrat on the ballot in a district where “overwhelmingly Democratic” is an understatement and I could understand how she might be able to pull this off. Give Rex Bell $50,000 to run for State Rep in Indiana and the LP could do this, too.

  3. Richard Winger

    Both Pennsylvania and Indiana have straight-ticket devices, which are generally fatal to any hope of someone other than a Dem or a Rep winning a legislative seat. But of course special elections are better, because there is only one office on the ballot, so any third party has a better chance in a special election in straight-ticket states.

  4. Andy

    “NewFederalist
    March 12, 2017 at 21:56
    I seem to remember reading somewhere that she has a huge campaign budget… like on the order of $50,000. For a State Representative race that’s a pretty fair chunk of change! Given no Democrat on the ballot in a district where “overwhelmingly Democratic” is an understatement and I could understand how she might be able to pull this off. Give Rex Bell $50,000 to run for State Rep in Indiana and the LP could do this, too.”

    I have been advocating for many years now that the Libertarian Party, at both the national state level, employee a TARGETING districts strategy, that is looking for winnable races (which means state legislative races, particularly ones where only one major party candidate is on the ballot) for seats in state legislatures, as well as various county and city/town offices. I have mentioned this strategy to many people who are and have been in leadership positions in the Libertarian Party, at the national and.or state level, and nobody has stated disagreement with me, or refuted anything that I said, yet NOBODY has done anything to implement this strategy.

    Sometimes Libertarians are their own worst enemies.

  5. NewFederalist

    “Sometimes Libertarians are their own worst enemies.” – Andy

    As Tom Knapp might say “Oftentimes Libertarians are their own worst enemies.” There fixed that for ya!

  6. Andy

    “at both the national state level”

    Should read, “at both the national and state level…”

  7. Andy

    “employee a TARGETING districts strategy,”

    Should read, “employ a TARGETING districts strategy…”

  8. Andy

    When I said targeting districts, I meant that the national party, and/or the state parties, look for winnable races (state legislature, county, or city/town offices), and then pour money and manpower into those races. If the national or state parties do not want to spend money out of their budgets on these races, they could at least alert the membership about them, preferably well in advance of the elections, so that more party members become aware of these races, and can direct their donations and/or volunteer hours to these races where a Libertarian Party candidate has a realistic chance of being elected. I have seen the party botch multiple state legislative races over the years where a Libertarian would have had a good chance to win, but came up short, in large part due to lack of support from the rest of the party, which in large part was due to disorganization and lack of foresight in the state parties and in the national parties. There are also all of the instances of what could have happened, had state party affiliates and/or the national party ever bothered to implement this strategy.

  9. ATBAFT

    Andy, don’t know how long you’v e been around but local and state candidates used to ask national membership for money all the time. I’ve given to campaigns in Vermont, Michigan, Cal. Problem was, the results sucked vs. the candidate’s over-promises. So maybe LPers are just jaded when Candidate X says she is in a “winnable race.”

  10. Andy

    “ATBAFT
    March 13, 2017 at 17:13
    Andy, don’t know how long you’v e been around but local and state candidates used to ask national membership for money all the time. I’ve given to campaigns in Vermont, Michigan, Cal. Problem was, the results sucked vs. the candidate’s over-promises. So maybe LPers are just jaded when Candidate X says she is in a ‘winnable race.'”

    I’ve been in the party since July of 1996.

    I’m NOT talking about blindly throwing money at candidates. This is what led to the John Moore disaster in Nevada last year. I’m talking about having an actual plan as to how the money is going to be spent, and how volunteer hours are going to be allocated (as in what are the volunteers going to do). I’m also talking about thoroughly vetting the candidates beforehand, and not sending them a penny unless they meet a certain threshold for being a libertarian, and for how resources and manpower are going to be utilized on the campaign.

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