Phoenix, AZ—The Arizona Green Party (AZGP) has endorsed four candidates for the 2012 General Election. All of the candidates were vetted and interviewed at least twice by members of the AZGP State Committee. In order to receive an endorsement, prospective Green Party candidates must show support for the Green Party Ten Key Values and national Green Party-US Platform. The following candidates have been endorsed:
Salle Hunter, AZGP 1st vice co-chair stated, “AZGP conducts an extensive interview process with potential Green Party candidates. Our registered Greens statewide can vote with confidence for our endorsed candidates. I’m very pleased with our endorsed candidates for this election cycle.”
Daniel Pout is an ASU student pursuing his PhD in Political Science. In regards to his campaign for Corporation Commission, he said, “I want to draw attention to the large profits of the utility monopolies that come at the expense of Arizonans and our environment. We need a Commission that stands unequivocally on the side of the people.”
Mark Salazar, an electrical engineer who also has an MBA, stated why he is running for Congress as a Green Party candidate: “I will bring a spirit of cooperation to Congress that can enable us to improve the quality of life for all Americans; economically, environmentally and peacefully.”
The mission of the Arizona Green Party (AZGP) is to build and sustain an alternative, progressive political party that promotes and practices the Ten Key Values. We do not accept corporate donations and uniquely rely on the generosity of individual donors and volunteers. The four pillars of the Green Party are Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom, and Non-violence.
Ballot Access News reports:
Arizona holds a special election on June 12 the fill the vacant U.S. House seat, 8th district. Each of the qualified parties has its own primary on April 17. … Two Greens are running against each other in the Green Party primary, Charlie Manolakis and Richard Grayson (who is a declared write-in candidate).
Read the full story at Ballot Access News.
As of 9:30 PM Mountain Time, Jill Stein is at 70% in the Arizona Green Party Presidential Preference Primary, with 482 of 722 precincts reporting. Unofficial results are being posted here.
FINAL UPDATE (3):
722 of 722 Precincts Reporting
As pointed out in the comments, the Arizona Green Party intends to recognize only votes for Mesplay and Stein. Since Arizona was allocated 5 Delegates, depending on what type of formula they use Jill Stein will either take all 5 Delegates or four of the five. ~Ron
The Arizona Green Party is having its first state run presidential primary on Tuesday. With 5,000 registered Greens, the Party is hoping for a high turnout. Press release from the Arizona Greens:
Arizona Green Party encourages all registered Greens to vote in Presidential Preference Election
For the first time in party history, the Arizona Green Party (AZGP) will participate in the Arizona Presidential Preference Election (PPE), scheduled for this Tuesday, February 28, 2012. AZGP was founded in 1990, but has never held ballot status in time to participate in a Presidential Primary. In 1996 and 2004, AZGP did not have a ballot line. And, in 1992, 2000 and 2008, the party did not achieve ballot status until after the Presidential Primary. State party leaders are encouraging all registered Greens to vote in the PPE.
Angel Torres, AZGP state co-chair says, “For the first time in our 22-year history, Arizona Greens will have the opportunity to vote in a Presidential Primary. This is a big deal for us, and I ask my fellow Greens to remember to vote on Tuesday, February 28.”
The Green Party of Maricopa County (GPMC) and AZGP hosted the Green Party Presidential Debate on Saturday, February 25th, 2012 at the Glendale Public Library (Foothills Branch). Green Party presidential candidates Dr. Kent Mesplay (http://mesplay.org) and Dr. Jill Stein (www.jillstein.org) were invited to speak. Mr. Torres says, “In order to be an officially-recognized candidate for President, the Green Party-US has certain benchmarks and qualifications that need to be achieved. For this reason, we only invited candidates Mesplay and Stein to our Arizona debate. We encourage our registered Arizona Greens to research the candidates before voting.” The actor Roseanne Barr is also an officially-recognized candidate for President by the Green Party-US. However, she did not file a nomination form by the January 9th, 2012 deadline, and will not appear on the ballot in Arizona. For this reason, she was not invited to the Arizona debate. Per Arizona state statute, write-in votes are not permitted in the PPE.
The official canvass (www.azsos.gov/election/2010/Primary/Canvass2010PE.pdf) of the 2010 Primary Election stated that Arizona Greens had the highest participation of any political party, with 56% casting a ballot. Currently, the Arizona Green Party has about 5,000 registered voters. Mr. Torres says, “We would love to be able to improve on that percentage for the PPE. It is very important that all of our registered Greens vote on Tuesday, February 28.”
This Saturday February 25, the Arizona Green Party and the Green Party of Maricopa County are hosting a Presidential Debate. Kent Mesplay (CA) and Jill Stein (MA) are both confirmed to participate.
From the Announcement:
Green Party Presidential Debate—featuring Green Party candidates Dr. Kent Mesplay and Dr. Jill Stein
Saturday, February 25, 2012—1:00pm to 3:00pm
Glendale Public Library (Foothills Branch—Roadrunner Room)
19055 N. 57th Avenue, Glendale AZ 85308
(Loop 101 to 59th Avenue, south to Union Hills, east to 57th Avenue, north to library)
Hosted by the Green Party of Maricopa County (GPMC) and the Arizona Green Party (AZGP)
Attention all registered Arizona Green Party voters: Remember to vote on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in the Arizona Presidential Preference Election!
Open to the public. Doors will open at 12:30pm. Please arrive early for best seating. For more information and to RSVP, call the GPMC voicemail: (602)417-0213, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arizona’s current ballot access laws make it extremely easy to get on the Presidential Primary ballot – A notarized declaration of intent from the candidate. Consequently there are 23 Republicans on the Republican Primary ballot, and six Greens on the Green Party ballot.
The Primary will be held on February 28.
The six Greens include Kent Mesplay (CA), Jill Stein (MA), Gary Swing (CO), and three Arizonans: Gerald Davis, Michael Oatman, and Richard Grayson.
While Kent Mesplay and Jill Stein are running for the Presidential nomination nationally, Gary Swing is a candidate for the House of Representatives in Colorado’s first district.
Noticeably absent is a third National candidate, Harley Mikkelson of Michigan.
The Arizona primary results will determine the allocation of Delegates from Arizona to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Baltimore, MD in July. Arizona’s Delegates will be assigned proportional to each candidate’s results at the polls.
The Tucson Weekly reports:
Green Party candidate Gary Swing is ready to rumble with his fellow Green candidates on Arizona’s Feb. 28 presidential primary ballot. When Richard Grayson, a Green Party rival, declared himself a “favorite son” is the race, Swing begged to differ, firing off the following press release:
Richard Grayson, a 2010 Arizona Green Party candidate for US Representative, recently announced that he has filed as a candidate for the Arizona Green Party’s Presidential Preference Election on February 28. In his campaign announcement, Grayson stated: “I am happy to be Arizona’s favorite son candidate in the Green Party presidential primary.”
Gary Swing, a cultural events promoter from Denver who ran as a Colorado Green Party candidate for US Representative, has also filed as a candidate for the Arizona Green Party’s Presidential Preference Election, and hopes to challenge Grayson for the position of favorite son candidate. According to an impartial and scientific survey that the Swing campaign conducted of Tucson resident Mary Swing, 100% of the respondent indicated that Gary Swing is her “favorite son” among the candidates in the Arizona Green Party’s presidential primary. Continue Reading
Mary DeCamp, Green Party candidate for Mayor of Tucson, Arizona, has her campaign headquarters in a tent at the Occupy Tucson camp. While some politicians might be talking the talk but living comfortably, DeCamp is days away from being evicted as her home is about to face foreclosure.
(Reuters) – There is no bank of telephones at Mary DeCamp’s campaign headquarters, no volunteers eager to bring her message to the masses.
The Green Party candidate for mayor of Tucson, who is days away from losing her home to foreclosure, is flanked by fellow Occupy Tucson activists as she directs her long shot bid for public office from a borrowed tent in a local park.
“November 10th is my eviction date,” the aptly named candidate said cheerfully on Friday, while unpacking signs after police had pushed Occupy Tucson campers from one park to another a night earlier.
DeCamp could have saved her house, she said, and could have taken handouts from friends and family to keep her mortgage current. But she said she gave up after months of phone calls from the bank hounding her about late payments as she fell further behind.
“I just shut down,” she said.
In Arlington, Virginia, the Sun-Gazette reports that the Green Party is planning a November 2nd meeting to discuss get-out-the-vote strategy for Audrey Clement, who is running against 2 Democratic incumbents for Arlington County Board.
In Tucson, Arizona, the Daily Star reports that Tucson City Council candidate Beryl Baker is making a controversial local development project a major campaign issue.
And in New York City, Green Party member Steve Syrek talked to the New York Daily News about the Occupy Wall Street movement and his role at the Occupy Wall Street library.
Arizona Green Party candidate for Tucson Mayor Mary DeCamp has been on Arizona public television twice in recent weeks, for a personal interview as well as a three-way debate. In the interview, DeCamp discusses her candidacy as well as her impending home foreclosure. From the Tucson Citizen:
On Tuesday October 4 DeCamp announced at a press conference at City Hall that her 2 bedroom/1 bath home in Tucson is being foreclosed, & she faces eviction on November 10, 2 days after the General Election. Her home has been sold by the bank in a foreclosure sale to a foreign company. Apparently Mary purchased the home in 2007 but experienced a costly bicycling accident in 2009, and then her employment at the U of A was scaled back due to the economy, causing her to miss mortgage payments.
Watch the interview with Mary DeCamp and Tucson mayoral debate at Arizona Public Media.