West Texas congressional candidate Jim Howe brings green to ballot
September 21, 2010 in Congressional Campaigns
Jim Mustian at the Odessa American reports on Texas Green Party candidate for US House (TX-11) Jim Howe:
With aptly named communities like Notrees, Levelland and Plainview, West Texas has long been noted for its lack of verdancy. Across the oil patch, the reliably conservative political landscape has proved even less fertile for third-party candidates running for office.
But that reality hasn’t stopped one Odessa man from sowing the seeds of a grassroots campaign to change the status quo in his own backyard. As a candidate of the Texas Green Party, Jim Howe, 57, has quietly thrown his hat in the ring to challenge Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, for his District 11 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Howe, a political unknown from Southern California, said he is excited to offer local voters an alternative when they go to the polls this November. Howe said he supports the Green Party platform and the Green New Deal, a series of proposals designed to curb global warming and economic crises.