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Washington AFRO interviews Baltimore Green Party candidates

Baltimore-Green-PartyThe Washington AFRO interviews two of the three Green Party candidates for Baltimore mayor, Joshua Harris and Emanuel McCray. (David Marriott is also seeking the Green Party nomination.)

Harris, a former Democrat, said, “The Green Party is very progressive — they’ve been progressive in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement [and] a real economic strategy is built on issues of social justice. We need leadership that is unafraid to go against the grain and status quo and do what is right.”

McCray is making his second run for mayor as a Green. The former Republican said, “I’m not really big on national politics because they’re so broad. But city-wise, Democrats were the dominant party. They had that ‘next-man-up’ mentality and I wasn’t really feeling that. I want to come out and step out on my own. I believe in hard work. To work my way up, not because I’m related to this person or I went to church with this person.”

The AFRO also spoke with Green Party city council candidate Jamie Frierson, who said, “I’ve never wanted to go with what somebody says I am. … I don’t agree with all the Democratic views; I don’t agree with all the Republican views.” Regarding the Green Party, she said, “They think more economically. … If you ever look at their values and principles they keep it black-and-white and do what makes sense.”

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Three Green Party candidates for Baltimore mayor invited to debates

Baltimore-Green-PartyThe 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.

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Three competing for Baltimore Green mayoral nomination

Baltimore-Green-PartyThree 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.