Jeff Mapes of The Oregonian provides some interesting news from the recent Pacific Green nominating convention in Oregon:
The Greens met in Portland on Saturday and discussed having Eugene resident Candy Neville run for governor. Instead, it was decided that a “US Senate run was best for her,” according the minutes of the meeting.
Seth Woolley, the party’s secretary, said in an email that, “A narrow majority seem too troubled by the differences between [Republican Chris] Dudley and [Democrat John] Kitz[haber] to nominate anybody for that specific race and spoil it.”
Neville has some experience at running for US Senate, the position she will now pursue. The article points out that
Neville, a real estate broker, first gained political attention in 2008 when she sought the Democratic nomination for Senate. Although she lacked campaign funds or any organizational backing, she got a fair amount of attention in the race as a passionate opponent of U.S. involvement in Iraq. She wound up participating in some of the televised debates and finished third (behind the eventual nominee, Jeff Merkley, and Steve Novick) with 7 percent of the vote.
Considering Woolley specifically said it was a narrow majority’s decision, there probably was some division on the issue. It could perhaps be motivated in part by another minor party hopeful trying to get on the ballot: Soloflex founder Jerry Wilson. A dusty SUSA poll had Wilson at 7% support in a three-way matchup with Dudley (R) and Kitzhaber (D), with the Republican leading by about 7 points.
Currently, Wilson has no ballot line. He recently lost the nomination of the Independent Party to Kitzhaber. Wilson is now petitioning to get the Progressive Party on the ballot, so we will see what happens in due time. UPDATE: In the comments, Mr. Wilson points out that the party successfully submitted their petitions, so he will be on the ballot in the gubernatorial race.