The Green Party presidential race is on, according to the Green Party of the United States
The candidates listed at the Green Party’s national website are:
Roland G. Aranjo
At the Green Party national website the party policy towards the various campaigns is
The national Green Party is committed to maintaining a neutral stance towards those seeking our nomination.
Ballotpedia reports there are 15 candidates seeking the Green Party presidential nod. One noteworthy “candidate” listed at Ballotpedia is “Kanye Deez Nutz West”, so information there may be questionable.
The <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Green_Party_presidential_primaries#CandidatesWikipedia article</a about the Green Party presidential candidates lists the same seven candidates as the official list at the Green Party website, but includes two withdrawn candidates and two who have declined to be nominated.
Ohio’s Columbus Dispatch reports that though “the Green Party, Ohio’s only officially recognized minor party, has no contested primary races this year,” party leaders are urging members to take part in Tuesday’s primary.
Ohio Green Party activist David Ellison said, “People are swept up in these primary races whether or not they want to choose between [candidates within a party]. For the Greens, it’s the only way we can identify our members. … When we’re circulating petitions for a candidate, we need signatures from party members or people who are unaffiliated with a political party. It’s much easier once a person has identified themselves as a member of [the Green Party] to get our candidate’s name on a ballot.”
The Dispatch says the Ohio Greens are “running one statewide candidate — Joe DeMare for U.S. Senate” — in 2016. “Other candidates include Joe Manchik for 12th Congressional District representative, Dennis Lambert for 15th Congressional District representative, Constance Gladwell-Newton for 18th District State representative and Bob Fitrakis for Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge.”
On Tuesday 4 May, the Ohio Green Party will have its first statewide primary. Several Greens are running for Congress as write-in candidates, meaning that they need at least 25 votes in Tuesday’s primary to appear on the November ballot.
These candidates need 25 or more votes in the primary tomorrow:
- Rich Stevenson – 1st Congressional District (Cincinnati and surrounding areas in SW Ohio)
- Bob Fitrakis – 12th Congressional District (Columbus and surrounding areas)
- Elaine Mastromatteo – 17th Congressional District (NE Ohio including Kent, Ravenna, Warren and Youngstown)
Other Ohio Green Party candidates include Dennis Spisak for Governor, Anita Rios for Lieutenant Governor, Pat Saunders for State Senate District 13, Corey Ansel for State Representative District 22, Dennis Lambert for State Representative District 89, and Ty Collinsworth for State Representative District 92.
You can invite your friends and family in Ohio to vote in the Green primary on facebook.
The Akron Beacon Journal recently published an in-depth look at minor parties on the ballot in Ohio, including interviews with Elaine Mastromatteo and OHGP spokesperson Russ Buckbee.