Tag Archives: 1980 presidential election

Time Capsule: Barry Commoner Rallies Crowd of 1,100 Supporters to Qualify for Oregon Ballot

Barry Commoner, a pioneer in the ecology movement and Citizens Party candidate for president, earned a spot on the Oregon ballot in 1980 with a speech before an enthusiastic crowd of 1,100 cheering supporters in Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.

The crowd, which included a visible contingent of Gray Panthers, the senior citizens advocacy group founded by Philadelphia activist Maggie Kuhn in 1970, fulfilled the state’s requirement for a nominating convention of 1,000 delegates needed under Oregon law to qualify a presidential candidate for the November ballot.… Read more ...

Cato Institute Celebrates Ed Clark’s 90th Birthday

David Boaz of the Cato Institute wrote the following article celebrating the 90th birthday of 1980 Libertarian Party presidential nominee Ed Clark.  Clark, an attorney who turns 90 on May 4, received 1.06 percent of the popular vote in 1980; the highest percentage for a Libertarian presidential nominee until Gary Johnson received 3.28 percent in 2016. Read more ...