Green Party of PA nominates federal and state candidates

From Ballot Access News:

The Pennsylvania Green Party held a state nominating convention February 20-21 near Pittsburgh, and nominated a candidate for U.S. Senate, one for U.S. House, and four state house candidates. The party will attempt to place all its nominees on the 2010 ballot.

The U.S. Senate candidate, Mel Packer, needs 19,056 valid signatures, due August 2. The petition may not circulate until March 10. If the Green Party statewide petition succeeds, this will be the first time the party has appeared on the statewide ballot in Pennsylvania since 2004. The U.S. House candidate, Ed Bortz, is running in the 14th district, in Pittsburgh. The state house candidates are Roy Farrington in the 76th district, Jay Sweeney in the 111st, Rex D’Agostino in the 183rd, and Hugh Giordano in the 194th.

13 thoughts on “Green Party of PA nominates federal and state candidates

  1. Mik Robertson

    I think the actual number of signatures needed is 19,082 which is the lowest threshold we have had for statewide minor political party and political body candidates for some time.

  2. paulie

    I think the actual number of signatures needed is 19,082 which is the lowest threshold we have had for statewide minor political party and political body candidates for some time.

    Wow! that’s a lot less than a few years ago.

  3. NewFederalist

    That is because there was a statewide election for Supreme Court Justice in 2009 and the turnout was low. Let’s hear it for apathy!

  4. Mik Robertson

    Actually, the signature requirement for this year is not from the Supreme Court race, but from the Superior Court race. The highest vote-getter was in that race.

    I think the Libertarian Party had a candidate in that race was a factor in helping to spread the vote and keep the total down. It also gave voters more choices on the ballot.

  5. Michael Cavlan RN

    Hey Ross

    Where does John Murphy stand in all this?

    For those who don’t know why Murphy is, he is a former Green who ran for Congress in PA, but as a Ralph Nader fan ran into the same kind of flack and suppression that I ran into as a GP National Delegate.

    John Murphy left the GP right about the same time as I did..

  6. Ross Levin Post author

    I’m not sure. As far as I know he’s still not involved with the GP at all and the closest races to him aren’t far from him but aren’t too close either. iirc, he doesn’t have any animosity toward the local GP, only the national GP.

    I might get in touch with him soon about helping with Hugh Giordano’s campaign a bit, if he’s interested.

  7. Ross Levin Post author



    Green Party Nominates Packer for U.S. Senate
    Bortz to run for Congress
    D’Agostino, Giordano, Farrington and Sweeney for State Rep.

    Monroeville, PA – On Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, the Green Party of Pennsylvania
    approved nominations for six candidates to compete in the November general
    election. Long-time peace activist Mel Packer will be at the top of the
    ticket as the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate.

    Packer works as a Physician Assistant in an emergency room in Pittsburgh.
    Prior to becoming a PA, he was a Teamster and helped organize Teamsters for
    a Democratic Union, a rank-and-file union democracy movement. Packer was
    recently on the board of the Thomas Merton Center, a nationally-known peace
    and social justice center.

    In a speech to convention-goers Saturday night, Packer referred to the
    country’s economic condition by saying, “As a nation, we must rise to new
    personal and collective heights; understand that this battle is not just an
    economic battle, but a moral battle to save the soul of this nation. We must
    take on the Goliaths that stalk our land, plunder our economic wealth,
    pillage our communities and soil, and recognize that they only have power
    because we give them power.”

    The Green Party also approved the nomination of Ed Bortz of Pittsburgh to
    run against Rep. Mike Doyle in the race for U.S. House of Representatives,
    14th District. The Green Party has challenged Doyle twice before with Titus
    North, who received one of the highest percentages for a third party
    candidate in Pennsylvania history.

    Bortz distinguished Green Party candidates from the rest of the field by
    saying, “”The Green Party offers a non-corporate clean break from the dirty
    money-dominated ‘politics as usual.’ Greens propose funding for education
    not Wall Street bailouts. Greens propose sanity in foreign policy, bringing
    all of our troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq, and redirecting the
    bloated war budget toward universal healthcare, human and environmental
    needs. Green Party legislators will send the health insurance and corporate
    lobbyists packing…and open up the process to the stakeholders that have
    been locked out…the voters.”

    Four candidates have declared for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Dr.
    Rex D’Agostino will run in the 183rd District, which covers parts of Lehigh
    and Northampton Counties. Roy Farrington of Clinton County will vie for the
    76th District while Jay Sweeney, a longtime activist, former Green Party
    officer and expert on the Marcellus Shale, will run in the 111th District in
    the far northeast of the state. Also seeking a PA House seat is Hugh
    Giordano of Philadelphia, in the 194th District largely contained within
    that city. He will be running for the open seat recently left vacant by
    Kathy Manderino’s retirement.

    “We’re very excited about the upcoming campaign season,” said new GPPA Chair
    I.K. Samways of Pittsburgh. “Our slate of candidates is very impressive and
    all are passionate about challenging the two-party orthodoxy with which
    voters are increasingly expressing their displeasure. Their geographic
    diversity speaks volumes about how far and wide our message is already
    propagating throughout the Commonwealth.”

    The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that
    stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. The Green Party of
    Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, sustainable economics,
    nonviolence, and ecology.

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