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On March 2nd, during its state convention in Boalsburg, the Green Party of Pennsylvania nominated three candidates for public office as well as took care of intra-party business.
Heading the ticket, social entrepreneur Paul Glover won the gubernatorial nomination. Additionally, former 82nd Airborne paratrooper and neuroscientist Tom Prigg was nominated to run in the 12th district for U.S. Congress and Jay Sweeney, current state party chair, received the party’s nod for state senate in the 20th district.
The attendants of the convention also chose state party officers (chair, secretary, treasurer and at-large steering committee) and delegates and committee representatives to the national Green Party. Moreover, members of the party endorsed a climate initiative called “Earth Day to May Day“.
Glover, who in 1978 walked 400 miles across Pennsylvania from end to end, delivered a speech after receiving the nomination. A few excerpts:
“I have agreed to stand as the Green Party’s candidate for governor of Pennsylvania so that voters have the opportunity to select a governor who would ban fracking; shift subsidies from nuclear to solar, and from road building to rail, and from prisons to public schools.”
..”create 500,000 green collar jobs, promote progressive taxation, clamp down on commercial bank excesses, legalize marijuana and free its prisoners, protect forests and small farms.”
…“Harrisburg needs a diet of less fat and more greens.”
Glover, 66, is the founder of over a dozen campaigns and organizations, which include a local currency project called Ithaca HOURS, Citizen Planners of Los Angeles, and the Philadelphia Orchard Project. In addition to his cross-country community organizing, Glover has authored six books pertaining to economic development in communities and taught an urban studies course at Temple University.
Glover’s campaign will face an uphill struggle all too common for third party candidates: he will need 16,639 signatures to make the ballot; by comparison, the major parties will only need to submit 1,000 signatures.
Tom Prigg will be challenging Rep. Keith Rothfus in November. Prigg, currently working as a journalist, said the following regarding his decision to run for Congress:
“It was the frustration of only observing and reporting that incited me on to run for Congress. I couldn’t sit back anymore and wait for someone else to come up with a plan for the future.”
Jay Sweeney will face Republican state senator Lisa Baker. In his role as state chairman, he commented after the candidate nominations were made:
“We’re very excited about the upcoming campaign season. We are pleased to offer a choice of candidates who are opposed to the direction the Commonwealth and the Country are taking. We are especially proud to offer candidates who oppose the hydrofracking process and the industrialization of our forests with which voters are increasingly expressing their displeasure.”