From the Sun Gazette:
Josh Ruebner, who had been elected “facilitator” of the party for 2010, confirmed on April 1 that he had decided to step down.
“After having helped to build up the Arlington Green Party into a serious political force in the county over the past five years, I have decided for personal reasons to relinquish my elected role as the party’s facilitator and to step back from active involvement in the party at this time,” Ruebner told the Sun Gazette.
But in a letter circulated to party leaders, Ruebner was decidedly more specific, blaming “internal conflict and name-calling” within the party and saying he didn’t want to deal with “constant pettiness and provocations I have experienced recently” as leader of the party.
Although its membership is small, the Arlington Green Party did score nearly one-third of the vote in the 2009 County Board race, when Green Party nominee John Reeder was the only challenger to incumbent Democrat Jay Fisette.
Recently, the party has been pressing Arlington elected officials to create a year-round homeless shelter. The party also was behind the push for creation of a quasi-independent housing authority in the county, which was rejected by Arlington voters in 2008, and has signed on in support of the change-of-government proposal currently percolating throughout the county.