The following was posted today at Green Party Watch:
Citizen Activist Joins Race to Fill Flint Area Vacancy, Offers Principled Alternative to Political Musical Chairs
The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) has nominated Bobby Jones to be the Green candidate on the ballot for the May 7 special election for 27th District State Senator.
The vacancy in the Flint area seat arose after incumbent John Gleason was elected Genesee County Clerk and Register of Deeds last November.
Jones has long been an active member of Flint Area Greens, and was a strong supporter of last year’s special-election campaign by fellow Green Cary Justice in the 51st State House District.
He is very concerned about school bullying, and has served on both the Flint Task Force on Hate Crimes and the Genesee County Safe Schools Coalition. He is also active in the area chapter of PFLAG.
He has been a member of the Flint Eagles Lodge, and is a retired member of UAW Local 599.
GPMI decided to nominate Jones on the March 12 special primary date. The special Green online caucus was held after the party protested about the lack of notice given alternative parties for the initial election timeline. This led to a revised schedule with a narrow but possible window for caucusing.
GPMI Elections Co-ordinator John Anthony La Pietra, who raised the protest with the state, notes that — if Democrat Jim Ananich is elected to replace Gleason — Ananich will have to vacate the 49th District State House seat he currently holds.
“Flint area voters will once again lack full representation in state government, and will have to pay for the privilege of yet another special election to minimize the vacancy,” says La Pietra.
“Bobby Jones offers the voters of the 27th State Senate District a principled alternative to the ongoing game of partisan political musical chairs.”
Bobby Jones’s campaign for 27th District State Senator can be contacted by mail at
Friends of Bobby Jones
PO Box 7404
Flint, MI 48507
or via e-mail at
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