64 Green Party Candidates for Congress 2012

Last week we posted about the six candidates running for US Senate on the Green Party ticket this year.

The Green Party also has 64 candidates on the ballot for US House of Representatives across the country, from Delaware to Arkansas, Texas to New York. This is up from 58 House candidates in 2010, and the 59 House candidates in 2008. In fact, it is the most House races run in a single year for the Green Party since 2002, when 69 candidates stepped up after Ralph Nader’s historic Presidential campaign of 2000. This may be largely attributed to Texas, where newly established ballot access has resulted in 13 candidates for the US House, the most in any single state this year.

A few facts about past Green Party campaigns for US House of Representatives. The most votes picked up by a Green Party candidate for US House since 2006 is 64,606 by Deb McFarland in her 2008 campaign in Arkansas. She was the only candidate running in the second CD against Democrat incumbent Vic Snyder. She won 23% of the vote, also the highest percentage of the vote for a House candidate since 2006. Jason Wallace (IL – 2008) holds the record for most votes in a three way race (22,309) since 2006, while Keith Ware (DC – 2006) holds the record for the highest percent of the vote (12.65%) in a three way race since 2006. Mr. Ware finished in second place in that campaign, ahead of the Republican candidate.

I wish there were more time to provide more information here about each of their campaigns, but there isn’t. We will increase the number of links and stories we share on our Facebook page over the next three days up until the election.  A list of all Green Party candidates in 2012 can be seen here, or by searching the GP.ORG Election Database.



  • Jacob Holloway (AR-1)
  • Barbara Ward (AR-2)
  • Rebekah Kennedy – Green Party candidate for Arkansas CD 3

    Rebekah Kennedy (AR-3)Rebekah Kennedy is a Fort Worth attorney, who in 2008 got over 200,000 votes running for US Senate for 20.56% of the vote in a head to head match up with Democrat Mark Prior. She also ran for Attorney General in 2006 and 2010, pulling in 33,338 votes in 06 (4.4%) and 193,658 votes in 2010 (26.7%). This year running for the House of Representatives in CD-3, she faces incumbent Republican Steve Womack, and Libertarian candidate David Pangrac after the Democrat dropped out of the race. Polling in this race is interesting: Womack (R) 58%; Kennedy (G) 15.5%; Pangrac (L) 6%; Undecided 20.5%.

  • Joshua Drake (AR-4)

California  (California’s Top Two Primary means that the following candidates “lost” on the June 5th Primary)

Mike DeRosa – Green Party candidate for Connecticut CD 1




Paula Bradshaw – Green Party candidate for Illinois CD 12


  • Nancy Wade  (IL-5) – Nancy Wade is a long time activist and community organizer in Chicago. After working with Moveon.org, Nancy Wade chose to run for Congress to give voters a true progressive candidate to vote for on Nov. 6.
  • Paula Bradshaw (IL-12) – Paula Bradshaw is an emergency room nurse and partner of former gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney. She is running for Congress to protect our country from further harm and to heal the assaults already inflicted on our Bill of Rights and civil society.


Bob Auerbach – Green Party candidate for Maryland CD 5


  •  Ellis Boal: US Representative/Congressional District 01
  • William J. Opalicky: US Representative/Congressional District 02
  • Pat Timmons: US Representative/Congressional District 04
  • Richard E. Wunsch: US Representative/Congressional District 07
  • Julia Williams: US Representative/Congressional District 09
  • Steven Paul Duke: US Representative/Congressional District 11
  • Douglas Campbell: US Representative/Congressional District 14

New Jersey

Colin Beavan – Green Party candidate for New York CD 8

New York



South Carolina

  • Jeff Sumerel – (SC-04)
  • Nammu Muhammad – (SC-06)

Howard Switzer – Green Party candidate for Tennessee CD 7



  • Mark Roberts – (TX-02)
  • Brandon Parmer – (TX-06)
  • Lance Findley – (TX-07)
  • Vanessa Foster – (TX-09)
  • Meghan Owen – Green Party candidate for Texas CD 35

    Keith Houston – (TX-13)

  • Rhett Smith (TX-14)
  • Antonio Diaz – (TX-20)
  • Don Cook – (TX-22)
  • Ed Scharf – (TX-23)
  • Michael Cary – (TX-28)
  • Maria Selva – (TX-29)
  • Ed Lindsay – (TX-33)
  • Meghan Owen – (TX-35)


Ronald Hardy


  1. What is up with the California laws that effectively seem to be restricting the Green Party from running candidates? This is messed up! They have every bit of a right to run for office than those who are members of the duopoly.

    • The law was intended by its writers to help out moderate candidates- the thinking was that you’d have districts where it was D vs D or R vs R in the general, and the more moderate candidate would win by pulling in votes from the party who didn’t have anyone in the race. This may or may not be the result… we’ll have to see. In any case, it’s been terrible for third parties and terrible for underdogs in the two major parties, because party bosses are discouraging anyone but their 1 or 2 “chosen candidates” from running in order to avoid having their vote split in the open primary and being shut out of the general (example: if 2 democrats and 5 republicans are in the primary, it’s pretty likely the 2 democrats will advance since the republicans will be splitting the vote with each other too much).
      Bottom line, it was maybe well-intended but has been kind of a disaster. The only possible silver lining in this system is that a Green with some good name recognition (like Gayle McLaughlin) could possibly outpoll a number of democrats running against each other in the open primary, and advance to the general in a 1-on-1 with a republican where they’d have a fighting chance. Easier said than done though… We’ll have to set our sights on offices like Mayor/Town Board instead of the US House in order to get candidates with that kind of sway.

  2. i feel mean writing this but if the candidates in california didnt pass its restrictive top two system then they did not make the ballot and should not be included. intrestingly assuming top two is not overturned in california i think if you look at the results in san fransico the greens could have come in the top two they were close to the repug candidate and maybe some democrats may be persuaded to back them to deliberatley knock the republicans off the main ballot in 2014.

    • I believe they are still on because they can be written in. The top-two system has to be incredibly demoralizing, though.

      • They can’t be written in. California now has the worst general election ballot access laws in the country. Groups like IndependentVoice.Org supported Top Two because independents weren’t guaranteed the right to vote in party primaries. The Democrats and Republicans allowed independents to vote in the primaries, but that wasn’t enough. IndependentVoice.Org and its allies were willing to reduce choice in the general election and throw third parties under the bus so they could have that extra little “WOW!” on Election Day of knowing that they were guaranteed to vote in the primary.

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