(EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS POLL WAS CREATED IN FEBRUARY, 2011, BEFORE ANY CANDIDATE HAD ANNOUNCED THEIR INTENTIONS TO RUN. THE POLL IS CLOSED. NEW POLLS WILL BE POSTED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.)
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.
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).