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Green Party Eastern U.S. House Candidates 2010

Ronald Hardy at Green Party Watch:

There are 60 candidates running for the United States House of Representatives on November 2.

This is the first of three posts on Green Party House candidates, beginning with the Eastern portion of the United States. There are candidates running in Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.


Ken Krayeske (CD 1) – Krayeske is no stranger to media attention ever since his notorious challenge to UCONN coach Calhoun over his salary. Krayeske, now running for the US House, has been picking up a lot of media, most recently from a high profile endorsement from Ralph Nader. Krayeske has a nice website and a great campaign video. (GPW coverage of Krayeske)

G. Scott Deshefy (CD 2) – G. Scott Deshefy is a retired environmental analyst with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He ran for this same seat in 2008, finishing with 6,287 votes (1.87%). I highly recommend his campaign blog.
Charlie Pillsbury (CD 3) – Pillsbury works part time for Mediators Without Borders. He is a veteran candidate, having run in 2008 for New Haven Registrar of voters (8.15%), in 2005 for Alderman (30.5%), in 2003 for Alderman (38.9%) and in 2002 for US House of Representatives (9,050 votes, 4.9%).

Nicholas Ruiz III (CD 24) – Ruiz is running a write-in campaign for US House in Florida’s 24th district. He has put out several campaign videos (find them on his website) and took part in debates as well. He is the author of America in Absentia (2008), Integral Reality (with Robert Hassan, forthcoming, 2010) and The Metaphysics of Capital, (2006). He is also the editor of Kritikos.

New Jersey
Mark Heacock (CD 1) – Mark Heacock is a Master Painter, Lacrosse coach and veteran candidate. He ran for New Jersey General Assembly in 2007 (2.86%) and 2005 (5.15%), and Borough Council in 2004 (24%) and 2003 (33%). Check out the videos on his site here.
Steve Welzer (CD 4) – Welzer has been a Green Activist for 20 years, a founding member of the New Jersey Green Party, and co-editor of Green Horizons Magazine. This is his first run for office. Watch his “Candidates on Demand” interview on Youtube here.

Ed Fanning (CD 5) – Fanning has worked for 29 years in the finance industry, and is the Secretary of the Green Party of New Jersey. He ran for this same seat in 2008, finishing with 4,950 votes (1.68%). See his “Candidates on Demand” interview on YouTube here.
Patricia Alessandrini (CD 9) – Alessandrini is a retired nurse who has run for Bergen Freeholder in 2008 and State Assembly in 2003 (1.48%). Watch her “Candidates on Demand” video on YouTube here.

New York
Anthony Gronowicz (CD 7) – A New York City native, Gronowicz was the Green Party candidate for Mayor of New York City in 2005, finishing third of 8 candidates. He has a PhD in New York City Political History and is the author of “Race and Class Politics in New York City Before the Civil War”. Here’s a clip of Gronowicz by Craig Seeman.
Hank Bardel (CD 13) – Bardel is a retired union worker and long time Green Party activist. He last ran for office in 2002 running for the US House and finishing with 1% of the vote. He has also run for City Council twice and State Assembly once. He did not get the signatures necessary to appear on the ballot so he is running a write in campaign.

Ed Bortz (CD 14) – Bortz is a retired engineer / electrician, and life long writer, poet, and Green Party activist in the Pittsburgh area. Here is a video of Bortz speaking at a Medicare rally that I highly recommend (watch the nervous people behind him.)

South Carolina
Faye Walters (CD 4) – This is C. Faye Walters’ fourth run for the US House as a Green Party candidate. She finished with 1.23% in 2004, 1.3% in 2006, and 3% in 2008. Furthermore she ran as a Natural Law Party Candidate for U.S. Congress District 4 Representative in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002. She has a rich and varied background, currently a small business owner in Greenville, SC.

Nammu Muhammad (CD 6) – Nammu Muhammad is a life-long resident of the threatened Waverly community in Columbia. An electrician, Nammu has worked against gentrification and the displacement of longstanding communities by a business driven and unaccountable development program.

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  1. Carey Campbell Carey Campbell October 27, 2010

    I also want to again apologize to all the Green Party candidates, who had volunteered to participate, that we simply ran out of time, and could not get on the program.

    It’s been a great election cycle for Independents, Independent Greens, and Greens across the country.

  2. Carey Campbell Carey Campbell October 27, 2010


    Thanks for watching.

    The Press Conference was not about inviting Bloomberg to run for higher office. Mayor Bloomberg repeats he’s not running. It was about encouraging him to join the effort in building a third Major party.

    The press conference wasn’t only about encouraging the honorable Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who like many Americans, I admire, to join the effort, help lead the effort to unite Independents, Independence, Independent Green, and Green Parties to form America’s third Major Party.

    If you look at, you see that’s exactly what we mean by Drafting Michael Bloomberg. Draft him to lead that effort. Bloomberg has said repeatedly he isn’t running for higher office. We’ve had that general text and idea on the site a long time.

    The press conference was to have Green Party candidates talk about themselves, and their campaigns. Out of the 120 minutes, that’s what we spend most of the time doing.

    Thanks for watching. We were all inspired by the strength of all the Green Party candidates running. And that the took the time.

    Laura Wells was especially gracious to come on the program just one or two days after the California Debate that excluded her…and my goodness arrested that nice lady for just trying to attend the debate.

    Here was our press release. Anyone who takes the few seconds to read it, gets what we were doing, and what we did do.

    Where: National Press Club: the Bloomberg Room
    What: Committee to Draft Michael Bloomberg, America’s leading Independent to lead in forming America’s Third Major Party.
    Who: Committee to Draft Michael Bloomberg, Independent Green, and Green Party candidates on the ballot in 2010.
    How: Combine Independents, Independence and Green Parties to create America’s Third Major Party.
    This Press Conference and forum features Green Party candidates on the ballot eager to join Michael Bloomberg and Independents to turn the Green Party into America’s Third Major Party. Many Green Party local, state, and federal candidates on the ballot will be introduced. They will discuss their campaigns and positive solutions in 2010.

    Go to the site. There were brief opening remarks about Mayor Bloomberg.

    My own opening remarks have not been posted yet. Gail, Joe, and others echoed our central theme.

  3. paulie paulie October 27, 2010

    Did he say anything about Bloomberg?

  4. paulie paulie October 27, 2010

    Before I watch yet another clip, does this one mention Bloomberg at all?

    I watched several clips that you said were Green candidates inviting Bloomberg to run, and not one of them said a single word about Bloomberg.

  5. Carey Campbell Carey Campbell October 27, 2010

    Thanks for the post. There are a great many other Green Party candidates as well.

    Here’s DC Statehood Green Party candidate for Ward 1 City Council Nancy Shia. Nancy is an elected Area Neighborhood Commissioner.

    Nancy attended our recent press conference at the National Press Club to urge the combination of Independents, Independent Greens, and Green Party for form America’s Third Major Party and invite Michael Bloomberg to help lead the effort.

  6. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes October 27, 2010

    Yes, Mark Heacock is on my sample ballot which I received today. I’ll vote for him but we all know he’s going to lose.
    Along with all the others listed here.
    Too bad. They could have won if they listened to me.
    paulie is an asshole.

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