Green Senate Races 2010

The Green Party is running 14 13 candidates for U.S. Senate across the nation, from Arkansas to West Virginia. Midge Potts in Missouri has dropped out after failing to get the 10,000 signatures necessary to get on the ballot. Mel Packer in Pennsylvania collected over 20,000 signatures necessary to get on the ballot, which were challenged, forcing him off the ballot. This number matchesis one shy of the 2006 election when 14 candidates for US Senate were on the ballot. There are 37 US Senate elections this November (3 are special elections).

The Green Senatorial Campaign Committee, a political action committee of the Green Party of the United States, has a new website that is worth checking out. The GSCC raises money for Green Party candidates for Congress.

2010 Candidates for US Senate on the Green Party ticket

Colia Clark – New York Ms. Clark is a veteran of the civil rights movement. Her work has included activism in the fields of women’s rights and workers’ rights, as well as activism and advocacy for homeless people and youth. Most recently, she has worked with the Cynthia McKinney for President campaign with “Power to the People”. Clark is a chair of Grandmothers for the Release of Mumia Abu Jamal. During the Civil Rights era, Colia Clark was a Special Assistant to Medgar W. Evers, field Secretary for the NAACP. Clark later joined the Mississippi Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) doing voter registration work.

Cecile Lawrence – New York Ms. Lawrence is originally from Jamaica, and has been living in upstate New York for over 18 years. She has worked in college administration, non-profit administration and in college teaching. Dr. Lawrence has been active in the fight for universal health care and opposing the method of drilling for natural gas called High Volume Horizontal Hydrofracturing that threatens the health and welfare as well as the water of all of the residents of New York State. She has a PhD in Philosophy, Interpretation & Culture from Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.) and is a graduate of the University at Buffalo (S.U.N.Y.) Law School. A resident of Tioga County, shes been a board member of local civic organizations such as the YWCA and the Southern Tier Independence Center, and is currently a member of Tioga Peace and Justice.

Natasha Pettigrew – Maryland Natasha Pettigrew was tragically killed on in September when an SUV hit her while she rode her bike in the early morning hours. The Maryland Green Party may replace her name on the ballot but otherwise she will appear on the November ballot. Pettigrew was 30 years old at the time of her death. She had taken a leave from Law School to run for US Senate, was a former Americorps volunteer, and a deeply compassionate person.

Tom Clements – South Carolina Tom Clements got a huge boost in his campaign for US Senate in South Carolina when a virtual unknown with a questionable legal history won the Democratic primary. Liberals in South Carolina are taking a second look now at Tom Clements, who is coming across as a very appealing choice. Clements worked for 13 years for Greenpeace International, and was the Executive Director of the Nuclear Control Institute in Washington DC.

Jesse Johnson – West Virginia Jesse Johnson is an outspoken activist against mountain top removal and opponent of the mining interests that run West Virginia. He was the West Virginia Mountain Party’s candidate for Governor in 2004 and US Senate in 2006, before the Mountain Party became a state affiliate of the Green Party. Johnson sought the Presidential nomination of the Green Party in 2008.

LeAlan Jones – Illinois LeAlan Jones has been speaking truth to power for 17 years about poverty, inequality and justice. In 1993 LeAlan made headlines with his NPR documentary “Ghetto Life 101“ which he made with 14 year-old Lloyd Newman and producer David Isay. He continued writing and producing work about poverty and inner city violence, was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Peabody award. LeAlan Jones has been polling between 4% and 9% and has demonstrated that he is a serious and viable candidate for Barack Obama’s Senate Seat.

John Gray – Arkansas Gray is a retired engineer and the Mayor of Greenland, Arkansas. He is a strong environmentalist and corporate critic. Last cycle Arkansas did very well in congressional races, largely due to the Republicans and Democrats opting not to run against each other. In the US Senate race in 2008 Rebekah Kennedy got over 200,000 votes for 20.56% of the vote in a head to head match up with Democrat Mark Prior. This year is far more competitive with Democrat Blanche Lincoln being challenged by Republican John Boozman and Independent Trevor Drown.

Bob Kinsey – Colorado Kinsey ran for US Senate in Colorado two years ago, getting 46,000 votes for 2.13% in a four way race. He is a Marine Corps veteran, a retired history teacher, and retired United Church of Christ clergyman with forty years of advocacy for the Just Peace theology.

Jerry Joslyn – Arizona Jerry Joslyn’s history is as a small businessman in computers and publishing. He served with both the California Air National Guard and Arizona National Guard. This is an interesting race with John McCain being challenged by a Democrat and by a strong Libertarian candidate David Nolan, former Chair of the Libertarian Party and inventor of the “Nolan Chart”. Josslyn is a great candidate as well, Iracm currently watching his live streamed debate here.

Duane Roberts – California As a community activist, Roberts has been a defender of immigrant rights, a critic of police misconduct and abuse, and has even exposed political corruption. In 2003, he helped organize what then was one of the biggest anti-war demonstrations in Orange County since the Vietnam War at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. Roberts has been involved in many demonstrations and marches and has used his extensive knowledge of police behavior to protect the civil rights and liberties of protesters.

Candy Neville – Oregon I have not been able to verify that she is running but according to this she was nominated by the Pacific Green Party. If anyone has more information on this race please let me know. (Candy Neville is NOT a Green Party candidate for US Senate ~RKH)

Jim Brewer – Hawaii I don’t have much information about this race. If you have any, please let me know.

Jeff Russell (Write in) – Connecticut Russell is a new candidate, running as a write-in option in Connecticut. Last year Ralph Ferrucci ran for US Senate in Connecticut and won 6,387 votes for less than 1 percent.

Richard Weir (Write in) – North Carolina I’ll confess I am out of time, so I am referring you to this interview on Z Blogs with Mr. Weir. I would vote for him if I could.

Election History for US Senate

The first candidates to run for US Senate on the Green Party ticket were Linda Martin of Hawaii and Mary Jordan in Alaska, both in 1992. Martin got over 13% of the vote in a four way race, Jordan got over 8%. The following cycle Barbara Blong ran for US Senate in California and took in 140,000 votes. Four candidates run for US Senate in 1996, three more in 1998, and then ten candidates joined Ralph Nader on the ballot in 2000 as the Green Party began to really grow across the nation. Nine ran in 2002, eight in 2004, 14 in 2006, and seven in 2008.

Ronald Hardy


  1. This for this update. Thank you also for mentioning Linda Martin, a lady who worked years to build the Green Party…

    Green Party’s Pat LaMarche has this article from the Bangor Daily News.

    Her reaction to the homeless folks running as Green Party candidates for office is interesting, worth ready. Remember Pat LaMarche is an expert on the issue, wrote a book about the Homeless, and when running as the Green Party’s Vice Presidential candidate in 2004 slept in homeless shelters to draw attention to their lives.


  2. Thank you for the story.

    Pat LaMarche puts it like this, “Personally, nothing would make me happier than to see the millions of homeless folks living in this country actually get represented in our government. In fact, it would be good for all of us. There’s no one more resourceful than a mom with two children living in their car when that mom has to get up and go to work each day. And if a homeless dad can keep his kids in school, maybe his serving on a school board he could assure that everyone else’s kids got a decent education too.”

    Pat LaMarche is correct, as usual.

  3. This post actually isn’t done yet, I hit publish instead of save. Oops. I guess I better finish it now.

  4. There is still a window were LeAnn Jones could do very well in the Illinois Senate race, maybe even win, but he really really needs to kick up his fund raising so that he can be competitive during the last few weeks of the election cycle with Kirk and Alexi G. Both Kirk and Alexi G. have a lot of negatives. If there is going to be a push for Jones it has to start now, particular since the last two polls could be indicating that his support has weakened.

  5. OK I edited the part about Mel Packer. Bios done, links done, images inserted.

    So… which candidates do you like? Which do you think will have stronger showings?

  6. Leann Jones has the potential to do very well in the Illinois Senate race, Alexi G and Kirk has a lot of negatives, I think it all comes down to how much money he can raise over the next 2 weeks. If he can raise enough that he can have a serious TV presences to get his message out, he could shock a few people.

  7. Richard Weir seems to be no longer running for Senate in North Carolina. It is sad, but he seems to have other things come up.

    This was his facebook group
    but he just decided to drop one day, and almost all members were kicked out of the group page. As you could see, some rejoined.

    I do not know him personally, and I have heard nothing from him officially. You might want to send him an email, asking for the status of his candidacy.

  8. LeAlan Jones and Tom Clements seem to be the strongest candidates, although Jones is struggling with fundraising and I’m not sure how he’s doing with organization. Jesse Johnson and John Gray are somewhat exciting because of how they’re really alternatives.

    In general, at this point in the party’s history, Senate races are a long, long, long, long shot. I can’t say it’s a mistake to run in them, because of something like what happened with Tom Clements, but it’s probably better to support candidates like Ben Manski and Jeremy Karpen than even the best Green Senate candidates.

  9. Something else that has to be taken into account is ballot access laws in the case of Illinois getting 5% or more in the governor’s race would keep the Green as an established party and that makes it a lot easier for the Greens to get all of their candidates on the ballot.

  10. Natasha Pettigrew’s mother, Kenniss Henry, will stand in for her daughter as candidate for Senate in Maryland since her daughter was killed by a SUV last week. Kenniss is a long time activist and was managing Natasha’s campaign.

  11. Please, please, please, Green Party, get LeAlan Jones out of the race in Illinois. He’s going to hand it to the Republicans just like Ralph Nader handed the White House to Bush the younger and dumber in 2000. Was eight years of Bush exactly what the Green Party wanted? Please stop being selfish!!!

  12. Please Karl, stop complaining about people voting for candidates they agree with, and start working for instant runoff voting if you want Green voters to consider giving Democrats their second place votes.

  13. It is Republicans defeating Democrats, and shitty Democrats that drive people to vote for a better option. Here’s an idea: run better Democrats or get out of the way for candidates that support the changes people really want: universal health care, ending the wars, re-investment in education and our communities.

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