Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers will meet voters at the Green Party of the United States national headquarters in Takoma Park, Maryland, on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to urge party members to vote in the Maryland Green Party’s primary. Maryland Greens can vote by mail through Saturday, April 30, or in person in Baltimore on Sunday, May 1. (Ballots will be available at the Flowers event.)
Though Flowers and most of the Green candidates for U.S. House are unopposed in their primary races, voters will also have the option to select “None of the Above” or to say that the party should run no candidate. There is a competitive primary in the Eighth District between Elizabeth Croydon, Charles Galloway, and Nancy Wallace. There is also a competitive Green primary for Baltimore mayor between Joshua Harris, David Marriott, and Emanuel McCray.
Flowers and Harris appeared on the Real News Network as part of their coverage of the Maryland Democratic and Republican primaries Tuesday evening.
Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is reminding party members in the state that the Green primary is not over, despite the Democratic and Republican primaries in the state being held today.
Though the Green Party has ballot access in Maryland, the state sponsors only Democratic and Republican primaries. The Green Party is having a by-mail primary through April 30, with in-person voting in Baltimore on May 1. Flowers is hosting a meet and greet at the national Green Party headquarters in Takoma Park on Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 to facilitate last-minute balloting.
Flowers is urging Greens to respond to coverage of today’s Maryland primaries by posting comments to “let the media and readers know that there are more than two parties in this state and the election won’t be over until November 8th,” and to post reminders “that Dr. Margaret Flowers is running a serious campaign and is ready to serve as the next U.S. Senator from Maryland. … We can’t rely on the media to cover our message, so we need you to be the media!”
Official results from the March 1 Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party presidential primary made available Thursday show Jill Stein winning by a margin of just under 10 to one.
Stein received 768 votes (48.1%), Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry 78 (4.9%), Darryl Cherney 54 (3.4%), Kent Mesplay 37 (2.3%), and Bill Kreml 24 (1.5%). There were 199 “No Preference” votes, 12.5% of the total, with 436 write-ins, 27.3% of the total. There were 85 blank ballots cast.
The site also carries the audio of a half-hour speech Stein made on “Working for Our Political Environment and Personal Health” at the University of Illinois Springfield. NPR Illinois says Stein “spoke to a packed theater” at the school last Thursday.
The Illinois Green Party has already held its presidential preference vote, with Stein receiving 87% of the votes cast in the five-candidate field and winning 20 of the state’s 23 delegates to the August Green Party nominating convention.
The three Green Party candidates for Baltimore mayor — Joshua Harris, David Marriott, and Emanuel McCray — will participate in two all-party debates hosted by the Open Society Institute after that organization and other sponsors reversed their earlier decision to exclude them.
Baltimore Green Party co-chair Andy Ellis said, “We applaud the sponsors decision to take democracy seriously and ensure that all candidates are heard. Democracy cannot work if closed debates are where only two parties are allowed to participate. … Baltimore is facing multiple crisis situations and the same old ideas of the Democratic Party will not solve them. We need new ideas and the Green Party will provide those.”
The three candidates will compete for the Green Party mayoral nomination through a series of mail-in ballots and in-person voting on May 1. (Maryland does not permit alternative parties to hold taxpayer-funded primaries.)
The debates are scheduled for February 24 and March 16.
Comedian John F. O’Donnell appeared on RT America’s Redacted Tonight, where in a five-minute piece he scrutinized the Democratic presidential candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders and made the case for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
Three candidates will compete for the Baltimore Green Party mayoral nomination through a series of mail-in ballots and in-person voting on May 1. (Maryland does not permit alternative parties to hold taxpayer-funded primaries.) The candidates are Joshua Harris, David Marriott, and Emanuel McCray.
Joshua Harris is the co-founder of the Hollins Creative Placemaking, which leads initiatives that foster urban revitalization by including the use of art and creative processes to foster an environment of belonging. He serves on the Charles Village Urban Renewal community board, Paul’s Place community advisory board, Baltimore’s Promise Mentoring Task Force, and is the youngest board member of Baltimore’s Southwest Partnership.
David Marriott is a Marine veteran and former police officer who left the force “because he saw a flawed system that was not serving justice and because of discrimination in the ranks.” He is now a business owner and entrepreneur. His campaign focuses on improving the Baltimore Police Department and city schools.
Emanuel McCray is an Army and National Guard veteran who has served as a Leadership Organizer and member of the Leadership Council at United Workers since 2010, where he has worked on giving communities control over development and housing costs through land trusts as well as working on creating living wage jobs.
Baltimore Green Party co-chair Andy Ellis said, “We are pleased to have three qualified candidates running for mayor, all of whom have a history of community service. We look forward to their participation in debates and forums to introduce Baltimore voters to new ideas that will create a democratized economy to build community wealth throughout Baltimore, especially in historically neglected areas.”
Another candidate, Bonnie Lane, left the race in early January.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers write at Truthdig in support of the 19-point plan on financial reform crafted by Bank Whistleblowers United, saying it “could be implemented within 60 days, with minimal action by Congress. President Obama could start putting the plan in place now, but so far he has not even prosecuted bank executives responsible for the 2008 crash.”
Stein and Flowers write, “To create a finance system that works for everyone, the next president needs to commit to taking on Wall Street, restoring the rule of law and rooting out corruption. We invite all presidential candidates to join us in endorsing the 19-point plan. And there are additional, essential steps we must take to end Wall Street’s grip on our communities.”
The Green Party of the United States has recognized five presidential candidates: Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, and Jill Stein. States have different standards for listing candidates in their primaries, so not all candidates will be on all primary ballots.The nominees for president and vice president will be selected at the Green National Convention in Houston, August 4-7.