Two-time Illinois Green Party gubernatorial nominee Rich Whitney delivered the keynote address at the Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, Friday evening.
Whitney said, “The Green Party, because we are free, we’re not prisoners of the corporate-minded thinking of the Democrats or the Republicans. We can embrace these sound public policy ideas and fight for them. I think that’s pretty huge. Also the positive side, we have our values. We have a political party based on unifying core principles and values to promote the common good.”
In 2006, Whitney received more than 361,000 votes, or 10.4% of the total, in a three-way race for governor. Four year later, he received just under 101,000 votes in a five-way race that was very close between the top two candidates.