In a press release issued 10/13/2009 Eugene Platt announced that he will be a Green Party candidate for South Carolina State House District 115 in 2010. Platt, the only elected Green in South Carolina, will likely face both a Democratic and Republican candidate in November.
Platt has served for more than a decade on the James Island Public Service District Commission, placing first in an eight candidate race last fall for re-election. Platt was denied a chance to appear on the ballot last year because of a change in interpretation of state law by the state’s Election Commission. That decision was affirmed by a federal judge and has been appealed by the ACLU on behalf of the South Carolina Green Party.
The full text of Platt’s announcement is below the fold. Platt is a member of the South Carolina Green Party steering committee, and has been actively recruiting candidates to run on the Green Party line. District 115 is in the Charleston area.
The annual state convention of the South Carolina Green Party is taking place a week from today in Columbia. Down the road in Charleston, the local Greens will be getting ready with a meeting on Monday, August 3rd.
On the agenda of the Charleston Greens will be an official request to be recognized as an affiliate of the state party. The group has not been waiting for that official status to engage in Green action, however. Members have been working in coordination with other progressive organizations to prepare for Peace Day, escort women at local clinics, work at counter-recruitment events, and clean an Adopt-A-Highway area. They’re also getting ready for publicity efforts at a presence at the Charleston Green Fair.
Another issue that seems to be particularly motivating for Greens in Charleston is opposition to the extension of I-526. The transportation project threatens wetlands and would promote sprawling development in Johns Island, a rural area to the southwest of Charleston. The Charleston Greens are working with other groups to oppose the extension.
The Charleston Green Party meeting will take place 7:00 PM, Monday August 3rd, at Earth Fare in the South Windermere Plaza, Folly Road Boulevard in Charleston.
The Charleston Green Party have adopted a set of residential streets for clean-ups. As they point out at their website, being able to adopt a set of residential streets gives them a chance to meet people who are outside working or going in or out of their homes.
The Charlotte Area Green Party has adopted a section of a local stream for their clean-up efforts. If your local chapter has adopted a stream or roadway, won’t you let us know?