Dennis Spisak Qualifies For The Ohio Ballot!

  Yesterday we had the pleasure of learning that the Secretary of State had qualified us for the May Primary Ballot and the November Ballot for the Governor’s Race here in the State of Ohio!
I would like to thank my army of volunteers who went across the state to gather our signatures. We had widespread support for our candidacy from Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Youngstown, Toledo, and throughout the Buckeye State.
The people of Ohio are tired of government controlled by just the Democrats and Republicans. They no longer want the corporate politics of the two major parties. They want straight talk and straight answers to the problems facing Ohio, more blue-green jobs and greater employment opportunities, better funding of public schools, a cleaner environment, and single payer health care for all Ohioans.

These are issues the Democrats and Republicans fail to address and fail to offer any meaningful solutions too. Our campaign for Governor will address these issues, and will work towards finding 21st century solutions to these 21st century problems.



Green Party of Ohio Candidate for State Rep District-92nd District

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2010 9:08 am

Ty Collinsworth, a 22-year-old Hocking College student, filed Thursday on the Green Party ticket to run against Phillips, an Democrat from Athens who is serving her first term in the Ohio House.

According to Collinsworth, he is originally from the Dayton area and moved to Nelsonville more than two years ago to study digital design at Hocking College. He said he plans to transfer to Ohio University soon.

Collinsworth’s main reason for challenging Phillips, he said, is her votes on environmental issues such as clean coal and mining underneath Burr Oak State Park.

Collinsworth said he believes there are better alternatives than coal. He said his main focus is the environment.

He also said he doesn’t agree with the proposed mining to create a conveyor system under Burr Oak State Park to transport coal from one side of the park to the other. He said he understands that the park doesn’t want large coal trucks driving through it, however approving any type of mining under a state park is a “slippery slope.”

According to Collinsworth, he has been thinking about running for public office since high school, but this is his first try.

Phillips’ other challenger is Republican Mike Hunter of Athens.

Hunter is the former commander of the State Highway Patrol post in Athens. He retired in 2003 after more than 28 years with the patrol. He later served as interim police chief for the city of Nelsonville.

Hunter’s platforms are to stop unsustainable spending, reduce taxes on workers and to increase jobs in the state.

Prior to representing the 92nd District, Phillips served on Athens City Council as its 4th Ward representative. She has filed for re-election to the Ohio House.

The 92nd District is comprised of Athens, Meigs and Morgan Counties and the southwestern portion of Washington County.


Spisak heads slate of Green Party candidates in Ohio

Spisak heads slate of Green Party candidates in Ohio


Gubernatorial candidate Dennis Spisak and his running mate Anita Rios were among those Ohio Green Party members who filed petitions of candidacy today. The candidates will appear on Ohio ‘s first Green Party Primary ballot during the May 4th election. Spisak was critical of  the two ruling parties saying, “The people of Ohio are tired of corporate politics and government controlled by the Democrats and Republicans. They want straight talk and straight answers to the problems facing Ohio; more blue-green jobs and greater employment opportunities, better funding of public education, a cleaner environment, and single payer universal health care for all Ohioans.”


Dennis Spisak is a graduate of Ohio University with a masters degree in Education from Ohio State who is currently serving his second term as a board member with the Struthers City Schools. His running mate, Anita Rios, is the President of the Ohio Chapter of NOW and a leader advocating for social justice, voter rights, and women’s issues in the Toledo area.


EPA Endangerment Finding and Green Party Candidate Dennis Spisak for Governor : Progress for a Better Ohio

EPA Endangerment Finding and Green Party Candidate Dennis Spisak for Governor : Progress for a Better Ohio

In a major climate development, the EPA yesterday formally determined that greenhouse gas pollution imperils the health and well-being of present and future generations. This finding sets the stage for U.S. and Ohio action.

EDF President Fred Krupp issued the following statement:

“The danger of global warming pollution is clear and present, the solutions are at hand, and the time for action is now. It’s time for Congress to finish its work on U.S. legislation to cap and reduce the 19 million tons of heat-trapping pollution we emit every day. American leadership on climate change will strengthen our security, wean us off of foreign oil, and ensure that America wins the race to clean energy innovation in the global market place.”

Green Party candidate for Governor Dennis Spisak announced “This is a great moment for the state of Ohio to move forward in creating renewable energy jobs, companies, and industry. Spisak added, “No longer will Ohioans have to live with mercury in our air and water from dirty coal plants. We can move forward in building solar, wind turbines, and geothermal plants while showing dirty coal lobbyists the exit doors at the statehouse.”






Dennis Spisak to Make Governor’s Run
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Green Party member Dennis Spisak, who was recently re-elected this past November to his seat on the Struthers, Ohio Board of Education announced that he will seek the Green Party nomination for Governor of Ohio.

“My campaign will focus on Single-Payer Universal Health Care for all, Blue-Green Jobs for all, and Better Funding of Education for all.” Spisak added, ” We will also campaign for fixing the housing mortgage crisis facing this state as well as looking into ways of reducing the nursing home costs for the elderly.”

Spisak believes the past 12 years of Republican and Democratic Leadership in the Governor’s Mansion has failed Ohio and the current Democratic and Republican candidates have failed Ohio as well.

“Governor Strickland’s platform of “Turnaround Ohio” has failed. Our public schools are facing an 800 million dollar shortfall in the state budget. Republican candidate John Kasich brings us nothing new but failed economic plans from the days of President Bush. Kasich also sat in his Lehman Bros. Office and watched the banks and Wall Street fail.”

Since Green Party Candidates do not accept donations from Lobbyists or Political Action Committees, now is the time to show your support for public funding of political campaigns and help Dennis Spisak win the 2010 election for Ohio Governor!

A key component of Dennis’s strategy to win is the grassroots funding available to statewide candidates in Ohio. By taking advantage of the Ohio Income Tax Credit for Campaign Contributions, we can prove the viability of publicly funded campaigns and help bring an end to corporate and special interest control of our elections.
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Ohio Green Party Newsletter


NOVEMBER 25, 2009

State Convention Saturday, January 23, 2010.
Save the Date! The Green Party of Ohio state convention will be held in Columbus on Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 10am- 4pm . The day-long event will be in Room 100 of the Northwood Building, 2231 North High Street. There is ample parking behind the building and public transportation serves the area. http://www.universitydistrict.org/room100.php
Join us for grassroots democracy, camaraderie, political activism, potluck lunch and an immediate opportunity to effect real change in Ohio.
More details will be forthcoming in this newsletter and at the Ohio Greens web site. Stay tuned!

Sign The Petition In Support of National Jobs Legislation

The National Jobs For All Coalition is organizing a campaign for jobs. The campaign supports several pieces of legislation in the U.S. Congress; bills that will make a wide range of improvements to our society and at the same time create millions of needed jobs. Print out, sign and circulate the petition at http://d.yimg.com/kq/groups/2719966/1993193480/name/Petition%20Oct.%20.doc Find out more about the National Jobs For All Coalition at http://www.njfac.org/

Run For Office in 2010!

If you, or someone you know would like to run for office in Ohio as a Green Party candidate contact Logan Martinez at loganmartinez@hotmail.com, (937) 275-7259. Join those Greens who have run for Governor/Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, US Congress, Ohio House and Senate, City Council, Township Trustee and Board of Education. More and more Green candidates qualify for the ballot every year and you could be the next Green to be elected!

Want Real Health Care Reform? Join SPANOhio.
SPANOhio, The Single Payer Action Network Of Ohio is a non-profit coalition of labor, political, health care provider, business and citizen groups and individuals working for universal healthcare in Ohio and The Health Care For All Ohioans Act. Now, more than ever it is apparent that the job of fixing our broken system and guaranteeing health care rights for everyone will fall to the states and Ohio is at the forefront of the struggle. Find out how you can be a part of this important effort at http://spanohio.org/

As Always,


In Ohio, Green Dennis Spisak Wins Re-Election!

In Ohio, Dennis Spisak, one of the first Greens elected back in 2005, fought back the huge Democratic Machine to finish 3rd and was re-elected to his seat on the Struthers City Board of Education:

Struthers Member of Board of Education


RONALD A. CARCELLI . . . . . . . 2,043 26.64

ROBERT NOBLE . . . . . . . . . 2,376 30.98

DENNIS S. SPISAK . . . . . . . . 1,695 22.10

DANNY YOUNG. . . . . . . . . . 1,555 20.28

In a city over 90% Democratic, Spisak was able to maintian his seat despite the fact that he has been very vocal writing editorials on clean energy, dirty coal, and various other pro-Green issues.