2020 Green Party primary candidates and speculation

Ever since it’s creation, the Green Party has been known for nominating candidates like consumer advocate Ralph Nader in 1996 & 2000, political activist David Cobb in 2004, former representative Cynthia McKinney in 2008, and physician Jill Stein in 2012 & 2016. It’s also been involved in a heap of controversy due to Nader and Stein being attributed to the loss of the Democratic Candidates in each of their latter races via the debated spoiler effect. Now that the 2020 Presidential Election is on the horizon, and speculation being high for both major parties, I felt it was appropriate to go over the confirmed and highly speculated candidates for the Green Party nomination, minus satirical candidates like Kanye “Deez Nutz” West and two Marvel superheroes secret identities.

The first major Green Party candidate to announce their candidacy was Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry. Sedinam was notable for co-founding the Green Party Black Caucus, organizing for a political party in Ghana called the People’s National Convention, and running for the Green Party nomination for President in 2016. While Sedinam’s candidacy was not officially recognized by the Green Party since she failed to file with the Federal Elections Commission, she was invited to a Green Party Debate on RT. While her candidacy has not had the traditional campaign announcement, only saying that she’s a 2020 candidate in social media bios, much similar to her very grassroots candidacy in 2016, her platform will resonate well with Greens and any disgruntled Democrats that may arise.

The next major candidate is James Ogle. Ogle is known for running in the 1993 California District 17 Special Election as an independent, running for the California Green Party Gubernatorial nomination in 1994, running for the Libertarian Party nomination in 2012, and “running” for president in 2014. But the most memorable thing he has done is starting the fantasy organization US Parliament. His platform appears to be a mix of Libertarian Party and Green Party ideals, such as his website saying “We support the Libertarian Party’s philosophy of the non initiation of force, smaller government, increased liberty.”

Another major Green candidate is Gary Swing. Swing has been a candidate for political office sixteen times, eleven of those times was with the Green Party. The most notable of those runs was when Swing ran for Arizona’s Senate race in 2016 getting 5.48% of the vote. One of those times was him getting 30 votes in the 2012 Primary for President. While Swing is more willing to make fun of himself, with him being a member of the “Boiling Frog Party”, his overall platform is nothing out of the ordinary for the Green Party.

The last major candidate to announce their candidacy so far is Ian Schlakman. Schlakman was an entrepreneur, former co-chair of the Maryland Green Party who ran in the Maryland Gubernatorial Race in 2018 against Republican Larry Hogan, Democrat Ben Jealous, and Libertarian Shawn Quinn. While Schlakman was overshadowed by the Ben Jealous campaign, his jump from a losing a smaller race to running for president is comparable to the dark horse candidacy of Democrat Richard Ojeda, or a potential Beto O’Rourke candidacy.

Much like a possible O’Rourke candidacy, there has also been speculation on potential Green Party Candidates. The most obvious one being two time Presidential Candidate Jill Stein, who has expressed interest in someone else taking up the mantle. Four time presidential candidate Kent Mesplay is expected to run again due to his status as a perennial candidate. Although other speculated candidates like Ralph Nader and Congressman Ro Khanna are a bit more wishful thinking above anything else. But an unexpected speculative candidate has arisen in former Governor of Minnesota, Jesse “the Body” Ventura.

Ventura who has made a career outside of wrestling in the field of politics as a staunch advocate for Third Parties, being the only major elected official representing the Reform Party. While Ventura has been outspoken in regards to his Centrist and Libertarian views, Ventura has has helped progressive candidates from voting for Ralph Nader in 2008, endorsing Dennis Kucinich for Governor in 2018, and even voting for Jill Stein in 2016 over Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson. He explained his reasoning due to her stances on the War on Drugs, Climate Change, and ending the Middle Eastern Wars. Ventura even stated on the Jimmy Dore Show that he was invited to the 2018 Annual meeting and would be interested in running for the Green Party. He reiterated in a TMZ interview that the Green Party was pressuring him for a presidential run.

Though each of these candidates has potential, they will not be payed much mind outside Third Party circles until their primary is over, and even when they do only the front runner gets attention, much like the 2016 Election when Jill Stein got attention even though her primary had not yet ended. Though they may be featured on another RT Debate. But it is still too early to make accurate predictions as of this moment as there has not been a poll to show any possible Greens chances while Libertarians do. Mostly due to more independent Libertarian News Sources, than ones affiliated with the Green Party. But we’ll see what happens.

68 thoughts on “2020 Green Party primary candidates and speculation

  1. SocraticGadfly

    Just no on Jesse. He’s got a lot of positions that I wouldn’t support.

    If he did get the nomination, I’d vote SPUSA by write-in. (I had that option in 2016 here in Texas.)

  2. SocraticGadfly

    Couple other notes.
    1. Dunno the date on Jesse’s Infowars appearance, but in July 2016, he said he was voting Johnson: https://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/13/jesse-ventura-why-im-voting-for-libertarian-candidate-gary-johnson-for-president-commentary.html
    2. He appeared on Infowars. He’s got at least one foot in 9/11 “truther”-dom. That’s the biggest “issue” of his I can’t accept — he’s a conspiracy theorist.
    3. He tilts libertarian on thinking smaller govt is better. On a true Green New Deal that needs to be socialist, nope, we need a stronger govt.
    4. Related to 3, he opposes single-payer.

  3. dL

    On a true Green New Deal that needs to be socialist, nope, we need a stronger govt.

    Yes, Donald Trump owns all the means of production…

  4. SocraticGadfly

    Nice non-sequitur, dL. Fernando, thanks for the additional info.

    Ventura’s flip (he would, though not fully at home in either party, be better with Libertarians, IMO) is further reason not to trust him, beyond the fact he’s made noises about running for prez every cycle this century.

  5. Tony From Long Island

    Jesse Ventura is one of the biggest political disappointments of my lifetime. He turned into a conspiracy nutbag.

  6. paulie

    Not sure what’s going on with the title. It shows up in dashboard. Probably something to do with how the image was attached. Let me see if I can figure it out.

  7. paulie

    I don’t care how a candidate looks, I just care for their policies.

    It’s not just a matter of looks. His ranting and everything about him says “bumfights.”

  8. William T. Forrest

    He does look like a bum. But he also sounds and thinks like one.

    It’s been a few years since the last time I saw him in person so I don’t know whether he smells like one as well.

  9. Fernando Mercado Post author

    Yeah it’s like the Major Parties, The big names will announce before the first primary, whenever it is.

    And since I can’t cover Dems, I’ll be there when Kent Mesplay announces another run.

  10. paulie

    Nothing wrong with that. It’s what we are here for. I was just replying to the predictable gnashing of teeth about the level of candidates declared at this stage as if more and/or bigger names can’t step forward later.

  11. Gina

    There was a West Virginia candidate they ran a few years ago, something like Jesse Johnson…I may not have that name exactly right. Is he still active with their party?

  12. Gina

    Didn’t he also seek the presidential nomination at least once? Seemed pretty good from what I remember.

  13. Fernando Mercado Post author

    Well, my perspective is different. I like the two time Green Presidntial Candiates a lot, I hypothetically would’ve voted Nader over Cobb and McKinney in 04 and 08

  14. Fernando Mercado Post author

    While I agree with the idea of a Libertarian/Progressive alliance, the person who wrote this may be grasping at straws for some of his points.

    He tries to mesh Green Party Progressive Economics with Libertarian Free Market Economics, when they don’t mesh at all.

    I say that Progressives and Libertarians work together on the 60% of issues they agree with (Civil Liberties, Ending the Wars, Marijuana, and other Social Policies) because when it comes to the more important 40% of issues (Economy, Healthcare, Guns, and Climate Change) there is no budging from either. Even though polls show stuff like Medicare For All is immensely popular and free market healthcare is not

  15. paulie

    In what ways don’t they mesh? I don’t see where Roderick specifically makes any errors logically or posits anything that couldn’t work.

  16. Fernando Mercado Post author

    Well, its not explicitly something that Roderick says, it’s more based on Libertarians, especially American adhering to Austrian Economics, which do not bode well with Greens economic views ranging from a Social Democratic mixed economy to Eco-Socialism. And even Left-Libertarian ideas like Libertarian Socialism are seen as radical, even though they want a lot of the same goals as American Libertarians.

  17. paulie

    The whole point was that based on the core principles/goals of Greens, progressive economics/social democratic mixed economy/eco-socialism is not the only way to achieve those, indeed that libertarian means can be entirely compatible with green goals. I’d be interested in a detailed critique of the particulars if you or anyone has one.

  18. Fernando Mercado Post author

    Well they maybe not the only way, but polling wise it’s a popular way to do it. I’m not as well versed as others to talk about the particulars of any economic theory, except for the positives of Social Democracy.

  19. paulie

    The article isn’t about polls. It’s about what would actually be a better way to achieve the goals Greens seek to achieve. Unfortunately, the means most Greens choose have unintended consequences which actually are counterproductive to achieving those goals. But you’d have to actually read the whole article to see what I mean, as well as possibly some things such as Mary Ruwart’s “Healing Our World.”

  20. Fernando Mercado Post author

    I have read it, maybe I missed what you’re trying to say. I understand some libertarian mentalities in regards to this, but some things the article failed to address, for example how would Libertarians address Climate Change, I assume Free Market Environmentalism which may not go well with The Green New Deal. Especially since the writer is a self described Agnostic on Climate Change.

  21. Gina

    Mary Ruwart was referenced above. She has some good ideas on how libertarians address climate change. Free market environmentalism is a lot more likely to achieve its goals than a green new deal. Big governments have been a disaster for the environment, both directly and by distorting the market to benefit and shield polluters.

  22. Chuck Moulton

    Pailie,

    I read the Long article. I agree with him that the 10 green key values are compatible with libertarianism because those noble ends may be achieved by libertarian means.

    However, most greens won’t like the libertarian means and will seek socialist / totalitarian means — even though those means are in fact unworkable and / or counter-productive, and thus will not actually achieve their stated ends. Further, I get the impression that many (perhaps most) greens don’t actually subscribe to the 10 green key values and prefer socialism / totalitarianism even if they knew for a fact it would not lead in the direction of the 10 green key values ends.

    Still, it provides good discussion points for reaching out to the few greens who may be willing to reject socialism / totalitarianism.

  23. paulie

    You are probably correct. I don’t expect to take over the Green Party. But I hope to see more Greens consider this approach so I’ll keep sharing and discussing the article when and where I can.

  24. Michael Chastain

    I’m more interested in local elected officials such as Gayle McLaughlin and Scott Donahue than in the top of the ticket.

  25. Fernando Mercado Post author

    Libertarians already tried to take over a Left-Wing Party. Was when Murray Rothbard tried to take over the Peace and Freedom Party in 1968.

    And it didn’t work that well

  26. Jared

    I would love to see more dialogue between Greens and Libertarians with respect to environmental concerns and how best to address them. Years ago I stumbled upon this 1992 essay by geolibertarian activist Dan Sullivan, former chair of the Pittsburgh LP. I believe it still has relevance today.

    Greens and Libertarians: The Yin and Yang of Our Political Future

    http://geolib.com/essays/sullivan.dan/greenlibertarians.html

  27. Gina

    Rothbard isn’t a good indicator of anything, he took his unique brand of venomous hate-filled cultism from supporting Strom Thurmond early on in life and David Duke and Pat Buchanan at the end, to a brief alliance with Marxists during the Vietnam war era, to his contentious stint in the LP which along with his falling out with the Cato/Koch crowd created lasting division and contention in the larger libertarian movement, to his attempts to create a libertarian movement in the Republican Party.

    You might say he was all over the place politically but one thing remained constant with him, he spewed poison and discord everywhere he went and all his alliances ended badly for all involved. The only one that has lived on in an unhealthy undead existence has been his paleo strategy of extreme right wing populism, frozen to perpetually haunt the living because crazy old Uncle Murray expired, twisting over time more deeply in its stew of hatred to morph into the alt right and Libertarians for Trump and tainting libertarianism along the way with a bunch of bigoted newsletters.

    His aggressive and failed incursion into a socialist antiwar movement half a century ago shouldn’t permanently dynamite all attempts to build bridges between libertarianism and the left, IMO. I think it had more to do with him and his style, as well as the dogmatism of tiny Marxist cult mini-sects, than the larger substance Long alludes to.

  28. Peter White

    I have a plan that I hope libertarians and greens can unite around. First of all we need to respect biodiversity, including human biodiversity. We need radical decentralization, eliminating most of the bureaucracy of the state. Neofeudalism and neotribalism would bring things back to a more human scale. We should voluntarily forego the technology developed in the last 2000 years, thus guaranteeing full employment and vastly reducing pollution and carbon use.

    Before we get rid of modern transportation technology we should repatriate everyone to their ancestral homelands of 2000 years ago: whites to Europe, blacks to Africa, east Asians to the far east, middle easterners to the middle east, and so on. Australia and the Americas should be given to their natives.

    Abrahamic religions should be thrown on the dustbin of history, with those following Christianity and Islam chucking those to embrace their ancestral pagan faiths. Without antibiotics and other technology to prop them up, 90% or so of humans would die, reducing human population to sustainable levels. Only the strongest would survive, allowing natural selection to pick the best of the best to carry on the species.

    Family, extended family, and community would be strengthened. People would have a much more direct, immediate and persistent connection with nature. We would stop killing off so many other species, and they would be allowed to replenish and thrive. Giant government bureaucracies, soulless cubicle employment for megacorporations, faceplanting into little screens, global wars with weapons of mass destruction, reserve armies of the unemployed and homeless…many evils would be banished and all but forgotten. Usurious banksters, rapacious and debased media moguls, and many other such parasites would no longer run our lives. We would breathe fresh air, eat organic natural foods…what could be better?

    Instead of hundreds of millions of lemmings picking leaders financed by global capital to expertly sell lies and keep viewers tuned in to commercials for useless junk to clutter their unnatural dwellings so they can spend many hours a day away from their families to afford this garbage, leadership would be natural and from among people you know, families would work and play together, entertainment would be live and in person by people you know personally, homes would be built by their dwellers and their friends and neighbors of natural and functional locally sourced organic materials.

    Sure some sacrifices would have to be made, literally as well as metaphorically, but it would be well worth it. Who can honestly not agree? Search your soul and you will know this is true in your heart. Vow to your ancestors to help make it reality.

  29. Gary Swing

    Thanks for the mention in your article. However, I withdrew my filing for the Green Party’s presidential nomination. I am no longer a member of the Green Party.

  30. Eugene Patilio

    Jennifer Walters was the first candidate to file for the Green Party’s presidential nomination for 2020. She is the only presidential candidate who lifts cars to help turtles cross the road!

    I feel deeply honored that Ms. Walters agreed to accept me as her vice presidential running mate for the 2020 election, after her top eighty choices turned her down. I look forward to a Marvel-us campaign!

    Jennifer Walters is a high-powered attorney at the prestigious New York City law firm of Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway. She has saved the world on numerous occasions, negotiated interplanetary treaties, and secured political asylum for a high profile political refugee from the repressive dictatorship of Latveria. She has been an outspoken advocate for the civil rights of aliens, mutants, and androids.

    Jennifer Walters and I oppose realist discrimination against imaginary people. Did you know that in the history of this dimension on Earth, every person who has held office as either President or Vice President has been a real person? As difficult it may be to believe that American political leaders are for real, none of them have been imaginary people!

    Check out our campaign pages…

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    Cheers!

    Eugene Patilio
    Walters/Patilio 2020

  31. paulie

    Well, I didn’t know that. Now two of my articles are out of date.

    Happens often. A lot of times I find out things I did not know by posting articles here.

  32. anon

    Libertarians don’t have viable solutions to the problems of imperialism and climate change, in part because their (Reagan era) ideology idealizes the broader system driving those problems, and in part because they are predominately North American whites who economically benefit from imperialism and the totalitarian abuses necessary to carry it out. How can Libertarians condemn empire yet idealize an economic system and economic conditions founded upon imperial exploitation and domination?

    If we want liberty and justice, then it’s necessary to associate and organize to achieve and defend it. Vigilance is the price of sustainable justice and liberty. To paraphrase Orwell, socialism is the logical conclusion for those of us who desire liberty and justice to win out over ignorance and barbarism.

    Young people today have too many resources at their fingertips to fall for the boomer propaganda on the MSM. More and more they chat with Europeans on social media and learn about alternative political systems. This makes them less susceptible to constitution fetishism and other ruling class tricks.

    Howie Hawkins would be a fine Green Party candidate and would carry on the tradition of respectable articulate people campaigning under that banner.

    I’m curious what the dirt on Gary Swing is—I heard some negative rumors about him but am unsure if there’s anything to them.

  33. paulie

    Libertarians don’t have viable solutions to the problems of imperialism and climate change

    Yes, we do. In fact, no one else does.

    (Reagan era) ideology

    False. Our ideology has been around for millenia (Lao Tzu, for example) and Reagan was worse from a libertarian peace, civil liberties and economic freedom perspective than most presidents, including most recent Democrats. See Ivan Eland’s Recarving Mt. Rushmore for a comparison of US presidents from a libertarian perspective.

    predominately North American whites

    So are most Greens based on what I saw at GP conventions and meetings. However, surveys of issue stances show that libertarian views are no less prevalent among African-Americans and Latinos than among whites – if anything, more so.

    How can Libertarians condemn empire yet idealize an economic system and economic conditions founded upon imperial exploitation and domination?

    Your premise is false. We idealize no such thing.

    To paraphrase Orwell, socialism is the logical conclusion for those of us who desire liberty and justice to win out over ignorance and barbarism.

    It depends on what you mean by socialism, but if you mean government ownership or control or any monopoly through force Orwell was wrong about this.

    Howie Hawkins would be a fine Green Party candidate and would carry on the tradition of respectable articulate people campaigning under that banner.

    Agreed, as I stated elsewhere.

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