This year, the ballot-qualified Arizona Green Party, which is required under state law to nominate by primary, has in influx of candidates who are apparently not bona fide Greens, and who have refused to meet with Green Party activists and leaders. There is evidence that political consultants who are associated with Republicans recruited these candidates. See this blog post.
Arizona Green Party via Ronald Hardy at Green Party Watch:
Phoenix, AZ—On Sunday, August 22nd, 2010, the Arizona Green Party (AZGP) state committee completed endorsements for the 2010 elections. All of the candidates were interviewed, and answered questions on their campaigns, and their support for the Green Party Ten Key Values and our national Green Party-US platform. The following Green Party candidates have been endorsed by AZGP. We encourage registered voters in Arizona to vote for, support, volunteer, and donate to their campaigns:
Jerry Joslyn: U.S. Senate; William Crum: U.S. Congress (CD 2), write-in candidate for General Election; Leonard Clark: U.S. Congress (CD 3), write-in candidate; Rebecca DeWitt: U.S. Congress (CD 4); Deborah O’Dowd: State Representative (LD 6), write-in candidate; Justin Dahl: State Representative (LD 12); Luisa Valdez: State Representative (LD 15); Angel Torres: State Representative (LD 16); Gregor Knauer: State Representative (LD 17); Linda Macias: State Representative (LD 21); and Kent Solberg: State Representative (LD 27). Leonard Clark said, “I am glad to be endorsed by the Green Party. Because it’s about time that the people of Arizona have a real choice when they go to vote.”
Richard Grayson, write-in candidate for U.S. Congress (CD 6), was vetted, but remains non-endorsed by AZGP. If he is successful in the Primary Election, the Arizona Green Party may reconsider endorsing him for the General Election.
Claudia Ellquist, AZGP state co-chair, stated, “There are several Green Party candidates that are actively opposed. We strongly advise all registered Arizona voters to not waste their votes on these individuals during the August 24th Primary Election or the November 2nd General Election (assuming they advance).” The offices include: Governor, Secretary of State (write-in), Treasurer (write-in), Corporation Commission (2 write-in candidates), U.S. Congress (CD 5, write-in), State Senate (LD 10, 2 write-in candidates), State Representative (LD 17, write-in), State Senate (LD 17, write-in), State Representative (LD 20, write-in), State Representative (LD 22, write-in), and State Senate (LD 23, write-in).
Angel Torres, AZGP state co-chair and candidate for LD 16, stated, “It is absolutely critical that our candidates are interviewed, vetted and endorsed by AZGP. This lets our registered Arizona Greens know that these candidates have met our standards, and are not carpetbaggers or opportunists trying to hijack our ballot line.”
The mission of the Arizona Green Party (AZGP) is to build and sustain an alternative, progressive political party that promotes and practices the Ten Key Values. We do not accept corporate donations and uniquely rely on the generosity of individual donors and volunteers. The four pillars of the Green Party are Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom, and Non-violence.