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Green Party identifies its top state and local candidates

In a press release sent to, the Green Party of the United States has identified
several candidates who are running significant campaigns at state and local levels.

The Green Party’s 2008 national nominees are Cynthia McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente. Ms. McKinney was interviewed on on Sunday evening, October 19
( and on Democracy Now!, October 16, following the final presidential debate, from which she was excluded (

At least 245 Green candidates will be on ballots on Election Day, November 4. At least 293 Greens have run for public office throughout2008, including the November 4 election. More Green candidates are listed at:

The Green Party’s press release goes on to spotlight

Jesse Johnson, Mountain Party candidate for governor of West Virginia, who has participated in three debates and has attracted attention for his promotion of a ban on mountaintop removal mining by West Virginia’s powerful coal industry and his leadership on other state issues. Mr. Johnson was endorsed by the Sierra Club on October 3.

“Because of mountaintop removal and the power of the coal companies, West Virginia has become ground zero for global climate change in the US,” said Jesse Johnson. “The Interior Department is now relaxing rules on mountaintop mining, which will bring untold devastation to the natural environment and a massive threat to public health, through contamination of water and other resources. I’m the only candidate addressing this crisis, because the Democrat and Republican are too
closely allied with the coal companies that are plundering West Virginia.”

Video clip of Jesse Johnson speaking at a West Virginia Youth Commission forum:

Rebekah Kennedy, Green candidate for the US Senate in Arkansas, is competing against Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor, with no Republican in the race. Despite numerous invitations, Sen. Pryor has avoided facing Ms. Kennedy in a candidates’ debate.

Gordon Clark, Maryland candidate for the US House (District 8, Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s seat), is receiving significant attention for his grassroots campaign against a powerful Democrat. (Mr. Van Hollen, though only in Congress five years, is Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.) Gordon raised more campaign funds (all individual) during the second quarter than any other candidate nominated for Congress by an alternative party in the US.

Mr. Clark came out on top in a candidates’ forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters on October 2 and is now receiving coverage in the mainstream press.

Gordon Clark noted that “Chris Van Hollen went from being a liberal Democrat to a corporate Democrat, and he no longer represents his constituents on an array of issues. Maryland’s 8th is one of the most progressive districts in the country, and voters here are looking for a political leader who has a vision for tackling the energy crisis, the faltering economy and the climate crisis of global warming, as well as the willingness to end the war in Iraq and the judgment to stop an expanding war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s becoming clear to many that Mr. Van Hollen, with his numerous close ties to campaign contributors, cannot meet that need — and that our campaign does.”

Video of Oct. 2 candidates’ forum.

More video clips of Gordon Clark.

Malik Rahim, Louisiana Green candidate for the US House (District 2), is co-founder of the Common Ground Collective, an organization that provides short-term relief to victims of hurricane disasters in the Gulf Coast region. Mr. Rahim is a former Black Panther and ran for New Orleans City Council in 2002 as a Green Party candidate.

The election for the 2nd District US House seat will take place on December 6 instead of November 4 because of election delays caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Ross Mirkarimi was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (District 5) in 2004 and is running for reelection. Mr. Mirkarimi has sponsored about 40 pieces of legislation addressing crime, making streets safer for pedestrians, improving efficiency of city departments, and the environment. He led efforts to promote medical marijuana clubs in San Francisco.

In March 2007, he introduced legislation prohibiting large supermarkets and drugstores from providing customers with non-biodegradable plastic bags, making San Francisco the first city to regulate such bags. In June 2008, Mr. Mirkarimi sponsored a one-year pilot plan for solar rebate program that provides $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations and lower income residents for installing solar voltaic power on rooftops. He faces two opponents in the current election.


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Fax 202-319-7193

• Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information

• Green Party News Center

• Green Party Speakers Bureau

• Green Party ballot access page

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  1. Eric Prindle Eric Prindle October 24, 2008

    The actual term used in the press release was “candidates to watch,” not “top” candidates. The focus here appears to be on people running for high-profile offices, rather than candidates who are likely to win.

    Mirkarimi seems a little out of place, since he is running for a municipal office and is universally considered certain to win reelection.

  2. paulie cannoli paulie cannoli Post author | October 23, 2008

    Anyone disagree with the GP choices?

    What about other parties – who do you think their top five are?

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