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Jeremy Cloward is the Green Party of California’s candidate for US House of Representatives in a special election in CA’s 10th district to the Northeast of San Francisco Bay. He will advance to the November 3rd general election after no candidate in a crowded field got more than 50% of the vote in the 9/1/09 primary. Cloward received the most votes out of any non-Democrat/Republican, putting him at third out of the remaining five candidates in the race.
Jeremy Cloward is a professor of political science at Diablo Valley College. His stated purpose for running is “to help bring into existence the ideas that I think will help us create a more just and equal society.” His ideas include single payer universal health care, free universal higher education, free daycare, reducing military spending by 6/7ths, nationalizing US banks that received bailout money, a living wage of $20 an hour, reparations for slavery, investment in alternative energy, and more. Michael Parenti, award-winning author of “Democracy for the Few”, has endorsed Jeremy Cloward’s campaign.
Since 2002, California’s 10th district has voted 65% to 76% Democratic in congressional elections. If Jeremy Cloward is able to attract significant support from progressive voters dissatisfied with the Democratic and Republican candidates, he could make this a 3-way race. With a large Democratic majority in Congress failing to even discuss single-payer health care and other needed reforms, progressives have nothing to lose and much to gain by voting their values in this race.
In an interview with Irregular Times, Jeremy explained his decision to run as a Green:
My objective of running with the Green Party, is that it has been the one third party that has given a legitimate chance of being attractive to the voters and actually getting people elected. In terms of strategy, what I think the Green Party needs… it needs people who are serious enough, and I think this is important, to wear jackets and ties when they meet people publicly. By doing that, by looking serious, I think there’s a better chance of people taking the Green Party seriously. The Green Party has good ideas and a good political philosophy. Who knows the numbers, but 80 percent, 90 percent of the population, would support it, but I think a lot of times, people see representatives of the Green Party, and they don’t see themselves as being in there.
You don’t have to be wearing a suit and tie to appreciate the hard work that Jeremy is putting in to promote Green values. Please give a bit of your green to Jeremy’s campaign, and help build a sorely-needed alternative to California’s political establishment.