Unofficial results of the Green Party of Ohio Presidential Nominating Convention Sunday show Jill Stein winning with 61% of the vote, followed by William Kreml 19%, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry 12%, Darryl Cherney 5%, and Kent Mesplay 3%.
Stein is projected to have won six delegates, Kreml two, and Moyowasifza-Curry one.
Bob Fitrakis, Green Party candidate for Franklin County, Ohio, Prosecutor, reports some problems at the primary polls in the state.
During early voting, a A Franklin County Board of Elections absentee ballot official incorrectly informed an Election Protection worker that the Green Party did not have a ballot, and “an incumbent Franklin County Green Party Central Committee member and candidate on the Green Party primary ballot went in the Franklin County BOE early voting site and asked for a Green Party ballot. She was initially told there was no Green Party ballot. She had to demand they find and give her a Green Party ballot.”
Today, an Election Protection observer “reported that a high school student was told at her high school that 17-year-olds who would be 18 by the general election this year were NOT permitted to vote in the primary, despite the court ruling last week that these 17-years-olds ARE allowed to to vote,” while a Franklin County Green Party voter “went to her polling site at Whetstone and was told there was no Green Party ballot by a pollworker. She had to go to the presiding judge to obtain the Green Party ballot.”
There are Green Party primaries for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and other races in Ohio today. There is no Green presidential primary in the state.
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.”
The Green Party of the United States is calling on Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it “poses a grave threat to democratically enacted environmental, labor, public health, and other legal protections.”
Colorado Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Arn Menconi said, “The TPP, if enacted, would be a coup for corporate oligarchy and a blow to democracy and the public interest. It was negotiated in secret with the help of 600 ‘trade advisors’ from powerful multinational corporations. It would establish a mechanism to override democratically enacted laws by handing legislative and judicial power to a small panel of corporate lawyers.”
Joe Manchik, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Ohio’s 12th District, said, “Congress must kill the TPP now, before a new president and new Congress are inaugurated. President Obama used his final State of the Union address on Jan. 13 to promote the TPP, which may prove to be the most damaging legacy of his administration. … The TPP will sell the American people’s sovereignty over our nation down the river to the multinational corporations that own the Democratic-Republican Duopoly Party.”
In addition, Sanda Everette of the Coordinating Committee of the Green Party of California, who attended the COP21 climate change summit in Paris last year, said, “The TPP would have greater force than the agreement decided on by the nations of the world at COP21. It creates a legal tool to block measures against global warming that step on the toes of powerful corporations.”
The Ohio Green Party and the Cuyahoga County Green Party are calling for the resignation of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty in the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Cleveland police officers involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014.
The Ohio Greens said in a release, “Mr. McGinty has failed in his role as County Prosecutor and the entire Grand Jury process was suspect from the beginning. We also call for the firing of officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback. Officer Loehmann, who fired the fatal shots, should never have been hired by the Cleveland Police Department in the first place,” after being rejected by several other Ohio police departments.
In related news, the Associated Press reports that the Ohio Greens announced that the party will select its choice for the Green Party presidential nomination on April 3. The Greens “secured minor party status in Ohio in 2014 when their gubernatorial candidate, Anita Rios, received 3 percent of the vote.”
The Green Party of Ohio is urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio “to reject the deal with FirstEnergy that provides the energy company with income guarantees regarding the operation of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant and the W.H. Sammis coal-fired plant,” the party said.
The Ohio Greens said the “end result of this deal would be increased electric rates for 2 million Ohio customers of FirstEnergy, as they pay extra to subsidize plants that cannot compete on the open market any longer.”
Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Joe DeMare said in a statement, “PUCO’s mission statement says it exists to ensure ‘safe and reliable utility services at fair prices, while facilitating an environment that that provides competitive choices.’ This deal fails on every count. … If the PUCO approves this, it will have betrayed the public in order to benefit FirstEnergy.”
Several Green Party presidential candidates were on the campaign trail this weekend:
- Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry appeared at the Green Party of Ohio’s Green Candidate Recruitment Conference on Saturday in Columbus. She also appeared on Green Party Green TV, a production of the Independent Green Party of Virginia. (The episode is not yet available online.)
- William Kreml addressed the North Carolina Green Party Fall Meeting in Huntersville on Saturday. He said he “suggested that the vice president should serve at the pleasure of the president,” and that the current way of selecting the vice president is “still a ticking time bomb in the Constitution.”
- Jill Stein is on a four-day tour of North Carolina that continues through Tuesday. She made several stops in Asheville on Saturday and Sunday, and held a news conference there along with representatives of the state Libertarian Party to call for ballot access reform. Stein said, “The American people are clamoring for more voices and more choices.”
YES WE CAN ! RUN OHIO GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES IN 2009!
All the best campaign slogans amount to nothing if our elected leaders fail to break from the “group think” and orthodoxy that created the policies that squandered our resources, both human and monetary, on wars and allowed Wall St. insiders to pillage the economy for the sake of maintaining their grand lifestyles. In 2008 the country voted for change but we are still fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the health care reform favored by the Obama administration leaves out single payer and leaves in big profits for the Health Insurance companies and pharmaceutical industry, and “clean coal” and nuclear power figure prominently in the administrations so called clean energy plans.
So, in the very best interpretation of what it means to be a democracy and taking to heart the responsibility of self governance we the Green Party of Ohio remain dedicated to running candidates who are truly “of the people for the people and by the people”. It should not be that hard to figure out that only by having the tasks of government spread among many hands through a political system that encompasses diverse points of view will we enact policies and systems that truly address the problems that our communities face. How can we expect millionaire politicians to find solutions to problems that because of their wealth they will never face? How can we expect the two big political parties to institute fair political systems when their paychecks depend on maintaining a closed door two party system? We don’t expect those changes to come without a great deal of push from ordinary people and through our campaigns we continue to be a part of the ongoing fight for democracy. Continue Reading