Green Party Presidential Poll February 2011


This is the first of a series of polls we will be putting up throughout 2011 in order to gauge interest in potential presidential candidates for the Green Party ticket in 2012. To date, none of these candidates have publicly declared interest in the nomination, their inclusion in this poll was at our discretion.

We chose to include a number of candidates that have been brought up here and on Green Party lists, but for this poll we decided to exclude “celebrity” candidates or candidates that are more commonly associated with another political party. There are obviously many names that we could have included and we may include them in future polls, but for this poll we wanted to keep the number of options at a manageable number.

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Jared Ball (District of Colombia)

Jared Ball is an assistant professor of communication studies at Morgan State University where his research interests include the interaction between colonialism, mass media theory and history, and the development of alternative/underground journalism and cultural expression as mechanisms of social movements and political organization. He is the founder and producer of FreeMix Radio: The Original Mixtape Radio Show, and a former editor for the first academic journal dedicated to hip-hop, The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture. He briefly sought the Green Party nomination for President in 2008 before pulling out and endorsing Cynthia McKinney.

Rosa Clemente (New York)

Rosa Clemente is a United States community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist. She was the vice presidential running mate of 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. As a student she was President of the Albany State University Black Alliance (ASUBA) and Director of Multicultural Affairs for the Student Association. At Cornell she was a founding member of La Voz Boriken, a social/political organization dedicated to supporting Puerto Rican political prisoners and the independence of Puerto Rico. In 2003, Clemente helped form and coordinate the first National Hip Hop Political Convention that drew over 3000 activists.

Tom Clements (South Carolina)

Clements is a South Carolina environmental activist and politician. Clements was the Green Party’s nominee in the 2010 United States Senate election in South Carolina. Clements received more than 9% of the general election. He is the Southeastern Nuclear Campaign Coordinator for the US branch of Friends of the Earth in Columbia, South Carolina. Clements worked as the campaign manager for Democratic Congressman Doug Barnard, Jr. in the 1980s and as well as a long environmental activist with Greenpeace and the Nuclear Control Institute.

Howie Hawkins (New York)

Howie Hawkins asked that his name not be included in this poll

Jesse Johnson (West Virginia)

In 2004, Johnson ran as the Mountain Party candidate for Governor to bring the issue of mountain top removal to statewide attention. Despite having no corporate financial support, he received 18,430 votes (2.48%). In 2006 he ran as the party’s candidate for a seat in the U.S. Senate, receiving 1.9% of the vote. In 2007 Johnson worked to merge the Mountain Party with the Green Party, and subsequently sought the Green Party’s nomination for President in 2008. Continuing to fight against mountain top removal in West Virginia, he ran for US Senate in 2010, finishing with 1.92% of the vote.

Cynthia McKinney (Georgia)

Cynthia McKinney served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat before joining the Green Party in 2007, and becoming the Green Party candidate for U.S. President in 2008. In 2008, McKinney finished with 0.12% of the popular vote. Since 2008, Cynthia McKinney has been a champion of Palestinian Rights and a supporter of the Free Gaza movement. In 2009 she was one of 21 activists on a Free Gaza relief ship that was rammed and taken captive by the Israeli Navy. She was held by the Israeli’s for 5 days. In 2010 she participated in portions of the Bike4Peace event from San Francisco to DC.

Jill Stein (Massachusetts)

Dr. Jill Stein is a mother, housewife, physician, longtime teacher of internal medicine, and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She is the co-author of two widely-praised reports, In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, published in 2000, and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, published in 2009. She was the Green-Rainbow Party candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, she ran for State Representative in 2004, Secretary of State in 2006, and again for Governor in 2008. She is the co-chair of the Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party.

kat swift (Texas)

kat swift is a former co-chair of the Green Party of Texas, former co-chair of the Green Party’s National Women’s Caucus, and public spokesperson for the Green Party of Texas during their 2010 legal fight for ballot access. At 35 years old she was the youngest person to seek the Presidential nomination in 2008. swift is currently a 2010 candidate for Bexar County Commissioner in Precinct 2.

Laura Wells (California)

Laura Wells was the Green Party candidate for Governor in 2010, finishing with 129,231 votes, 1.2% of the vote. Wells is a former financial and business analyst, and political activist in Oakland California. In 2002 she garnered nearly a half million votes in her run for California State Controller. At the last 2010 Gubernatorial debate in California, which excluded all third party candidates, Wells was arrested upon attempting to enter the building to watch the debate.

Rich Whitney (Illinois)

Whitney is a Civil Rights Attorney from Carbondale, Illinois. He was the Green Party candidate for Governor in 2006 after the Green Party netted 39,000 signatures in 90 days to get on the ballot. Whitney finished with 361,336 votes for 10.4% of the vote. Based on this strong showing, the Illinois Green Party won Major Party status in Illinois, securing full ballot access for the Green Party until 2010. Whitney ran again in 2010, and despite ballot hijinks by Democrats and being excluded from the state wide debates, he finished with 99,625 votes (2.7% of the total).

Ronald Hardy


  1. “name D is the loser” oops, my bad. Name D isn’t the loser, because a 2 tic, is lower than a 3 tic.

    But let me just say, don’t put road blocks up on electing delegates. Why make yourself smaller? Also, why keep out people that aren’t Greens who are trying to help? If the Green Party is for inclusion, they should not exclude people trying to help.

    Under a Sainte-Lague Parliament, 100 seats give a lot of people a chance to “have it your way”. But why limit it to 100? I’ve come to the concludion, you can elect a #1 and #2 under Sainte-Lague, but why stop at 100? Are you afraid that a #112 person will out vote others?

    The key is, just keep getting bigger. Why not?

  2. Honorable Dave England:

    Under ranked voting, a ranking with a numeral, each numeral is
    one “tic”. Get it?

    Five tics beats four tics.

    But when two names have the same number of tics,
    the lowest sum of each candidate’s tics determines the winner.
    The lowest sum being the winner.


  3. While the Presidential race should not be a Green Party priority, it does help raise the profile of the party and if the candidate was strong enough, could help local candidates. The Green Party should be targeting local elections in urban areas, in the Northeast and Upper Great Lakes as this is where they would probably have the strongest support.

    2008 was not a good year for the Green candidates as Barack Obama’s candidacy was exciting, he appealed to progressives and youth. Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente were great candidates, but McKinney has received such an unfair portrayal in the media. She is a champion of rights for the Palestinian people — such an important issue. But is that her only cause? Ralph Nader is a joke, he only cares about his ego and that’s why he runs with whatever party will take him every election.

    I think either Jill Stein or Laura Wells would be a good choice for 2012. Unlike some of the others, they seem approachable, kind, and good at public relations. People think of Greens as radical or angry, and neither of them give off that vibe. Choosing a woman also raises the party’s profile. They have experience running for office as well.

  4. We have many fine people to choose from here & I wish Howie Hawkins would reconsider participation in this straw poll…..Tom Clements perhaps represents the best of our professional Green technology advocates backed by decades of experience in US/int’l activism, lobbying, organizing & now candidacy….Rich Whitney seems to be our strongest legal mind & vote getter while many others represent long time leadership, Congressional experience, international activism, the peace community & workers rights to living wages & health care….who ever wins the Green Party nomination for President should run with a VP candidate available & funded to travel all 50 states to win the White House from Obomba and deny all other Presidential aspirants who do not represent the imperative of clean energy, peace, living wage jobs & health care HR 676 while taxing the polluters fully to clean up their toxic deadly past, Larry Carter Center 843-926-1750

  5. I love ALL of these people. They are ALL my heroes!
    I would most like to see a Cynthia McKinney/Rich Whitney ticket.
    I was surprised to see that they led the pack in the votes so far.
    Cynthia has a wealth of broad based experience in many areas & has focused on peace as the means to many solutions. Rich Whitney has some great ideas & those are so sorely lacking in DC (especially from VP’s).
    This would be a great combo.

  6. @James Ogle: NO PARLIAMENT! Partisan politics are bad enough already, Parliament basically makes government a Party only institution.

    IRV (Instant Run-Off Voting) and Open Debates (all legally qualified candidates) is what we need. Direct Representation is good, I am also in favor of increasing the size of Congress so each member represents about 100,000 citizens (about 5,000 Member House). But just IRV and Open Debates should be enough. Equalize the ballot access laws, but NO PARLIAMENT.

    We need to make Political Parties PACs, and take away their ballot access priority. Candidates can be endorsed and funded by the Parties, but they must go through the same ballot access process as every other Independent Candidate.

    @Greens: McKinney/Hakeem! http://freeindependentsun.com/republic/a-case-to-the-green-party-for-a-mckinneyhakeem-2012-ticket/

    Please focus on local, state and even Congressional races, pick a President/VP that represents the party and helps bring attention to the party’s issues.

  7. So someone listened to my idea last time and began using the calendar events section to add local Green Party meetups.

    Now, I was just curious why we haven’t set up a donation section. We have a major problem getting funding for the Green Party. I think with the readership the Greenpartywatch attracts, we should use that power and raise money.

    How about posting a plea editorial for a donation of just $1 dollar every 3 months? Many people will donate and many will donate much more than that. If not now, when?

  8. Im just going to keep posting up ideas. You should post up Youtube videos and attach them to each candidate of them speaking…I know, I know, we could just go over to Youtube, but let’s face it, we want easier access to candidates and a couple of clicks over to Youtube sounds like an eternity…:p

  9. Jack, Jack, Jack…IRV and the Sainte Lague Parliament system both work by ranking names/decisions with numerals, but IRV is single winner districts and Sainte-Lague is for two or more (the more the better).

    The problem with IRV, is that while the majority of 50%, plus one vote threshold, is an improvement, it still usually keeps out minor parties and independents in a single winner district.

    A two member district (Sainte-Lague) allows two winners, and the threshold is 33.33% plus one vote each, and you get a team psychology with multi-member districts.

    IRV requires a psychology wherein one person wins, because they are, or have to appear to be, “better” than all others. It’s just not a team system.

    You are simply incorrect. A 100-member parliament, allows 100 individuals, including independents. You say it makes parties a requirement, but no it does no! It just depends on how the rules are written. For example, if a person is allowed to have “independent” by their name, then why would they be considered partisan?

    Again, a party name is a word by your name. If you are free to have whatever word you wish, in a free-market of free speech and ideas, isn’t that best?

    Take Egypt as an example, the government tries to restrict your choice of words. Muslim Brotherhood was not allowed. And Muslim Sisterhood? Probably not either. The more liberty the better. That’s why I think the Green Party should use the USA Parliament’s voting system. It allows all people to work together, and it’s more inclusive.

    So what if you have a Pot Party? A Green Tea Party…a Libertarian or Constitution Party? It expands your coalition, and you simply write more multiple alternatives of decisions that are acceptable to a larger majority to vote and implement the decisions as a bigger team. Like in an actual government.


  10. @James: I shouldn’t assume what you mean by Parliament. I’m going with what I studied in College and read about in European style Democracies. From my understanding, having two rep districts isn’t what Parliament is about. Parliament is about Party-Line tickets and having a Legislature that appoints the Executive officer (whether or not they have a show “President” – The Prime Minister is typically in charge).

    I think we (voters) need to get past the idea of identifying by Party, or term (Liberal, Conservative, Libertarian). Parliament encourages (and institutionalizes) Party-Line Voting. We’ve seen how this has damaged Greens here in the U.S. Having larger two-representative districts is quite a different story. While I’d rather have smaller districts (and thus, smaller areas for “third-parties” to focus on), IRV has given us a Progressive Mayor in Oakland (despite not being our Green Candidate) and will hopefully bring us a Progressive Mayor in SF this year.

    While a Party-Line, proportional representation, may put a couple greens in office, at what cost? Have not the Parties then even more solidified their monopoly on government? How do Independents (I’ve seen Parliament ballots, with all Independents grouped as a “party” option) that have completely different view points work as a slate?

    We need to take these party words off the ballot all together. No Christian-Conservative, no Libertarian, no Muslim Brotherhood. I want people running my government, not Parties and Special Interests. A Party is simply a special interest Political Group. Make them PACs.

    Greens in California do much better in non-partisan races (as they do through-out the country) because their VIEWS and POLICIES take center stage, and any possible negative conditation
    (can’t win, hippie, etc) from being “Green” does not get in the way of that. I like the Green Party, been voting and donating since 2000. But I also voted for Ron Paul in the GOP Primary in 2008. I vote policy, not party. I rarely vote Democrat (Ammiano) or Republican (Paul), but will when I have to.

    We all saw that in a face-less, name-less, election, Ralph Nader wins every time. His views win, but his image as a fringe candidate hurts him. If the candidates were on stage, without the Democrat-Republican, Third-Party, labels, and were just talking about policy. with the voters getting to choose their top 3, wouldn’t progressive policies win out every time? Obama won on Progressive Policies, but would have been crushed if a real Progressive were in the Debates.

    That’s my thoughts on that.

  11. Jack, you must be writing about party list systems which I don’t support myself. That’s when the voter has two votes, one vote for a candidate, and one vote for a party.

    Maybe you didn’t learn what a Sainte-Lague parliament seat distribution system is, and that’s where an algebra equation is applied to an at-large area of say 100 seats for example.

    Any name who garners 1/101ths (or .99%) plus one vote is elected to one of the 100 seats.

    There is not a requirement for the names to be associated with a party under that algebraic system. For example, if there are 165 names (where 100 win), some might be independent, None, NOTA, All of the Above, Unsure, Party of One, No Party, etc.) There is no requirement that be be with a party.

    Jack wrote:
    “While a Party-Line, proportional representation, may put a couple greens in office, at what cost?”

    Again, this is about 165 individuals who may put a word by their name. You keep referring to “party line”.

    You say “take party names off the ballot”. Well, why can’t you have a free speech word by the name. When the voters enters the voting booth, they usually don’t have any idea who the names are, especially 165 names in a 100-member district.

    A party word, simply gives a more accurate message to the voter, so they can make an informed decision. You’re against information, for the voter then?

    If 56% of the voters vote for independents, then 56% of the seats are elected as independents. But to make the broad-based statement that all people should be denied information as to what members of an assembly would self-categorize, if not right. Because those who have a different message wouldn’t be permitted to communicate what they stand for, i.e. Green, Environmentalist, Public Citizen, etc.

    I personally am not a fan of Nader, simply because of my personal past experiences from trying to work with him. So to find a person I like, I’d like a more accurate word “Free Parliamentary”, “Free Parliament”, or “Proportional Representation”, “Celtic Green Team”, Green-Pot-Christ”, reen Parliamentary”, etc., etc., by their name to help me decide who is good.

    The more accurate the wording, the better. And the more accurate the representation, the better as well.


  12. Reposted from Roseanneworld.com

    PM Chelene Nightingale [Constitution]: “Yes” to Barr/Nightingale [Green Tea/Constitution] for President/Vice President

    I just got off the phone with Hon. PM Chelene Nightingale [Constitution] and she says she loves PM Roseanne Barr [Green Tea] because something like she “always makes her laugh”, and that she used to date a comedian who opened for Roseanne. She has been to one of Roseanne’s parties.

    Nightingale was very busy, but she did said she’d be happy to be a VP candidate in a Barr/Nightingale ticket.

    Chelene Nightingale was the top gubernatorial candidate with the American Independent Party (AIP) in the past twenty years in the California state election in 2008.

    During her campaign, she walked from Fresno to Sacramento to promote the power of the people, but was largely ignored by the establishment press.

    Currently Constitution Party members are prohibited from attending the American Independent convention due to strict election laws, even though the AIP was pretty much founded as a branch of the national Constitution Party.

  13. I was just talking with a Green member about where the national meeting was going to be held. He told me it was something between Iowa or another state. I could be wrong on both, but the point I want to make is that we should make it in Washington DC or a major city hub, to get as much publicity as possible. And while we are at it, let’s engage at the meeting and conduct a protest in front of the Washington memorial. It will raise tons of media awareness. The people want to hear something exciting, fresh, new.

  14. Wikipedia Green Party entry:

    Maine has the highest per capita number of Green elected officials in the country, and the largest Green registration percentage with more than 29,273 greens comprising 2.95% of the electorate as of November 2006.[69] Madison, Wisconsin, is the city with the most Green elected officials (8).

    Why haven’t I heard anything from the Greens over in Wisconsin?

  15. Please put Ralph Nader on this ballot. Everyone else listed is a minor candidate for president at best, barely known in their own home states.

  16. We got Dessa Jacobson [Green], for Gov candidate of Alaska, plus another 30+ new names nominated to the PacificNW Super-state Parliament.

    If anyone out there anyone wants to be a secretary of a new parliament, please email me. It’s an all party system with independents, and an online election and paper ballots that runs from 4/20 to 8/5 in 2011 and 2012.

    –James 415-686-1996

  17. I wonder why this poll doesn’t use Ranked Choice Voting or some other form of Proportional Representation. Isn’t the Green Party supposed to be a proponent of PR?

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