Ohio’s Akron Beacon Journal profiles Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Joe DeMare, writing, “With a master’s degree in education, DeMare is one of the most educated machinists in Perrysburg.” If elected, DeMare “would push to replace the Affordable Care Act, a system of exchanges to purchase mandated private medical insurance, with universal health care by taxing billionaires ‘out of existence.'”
He says his “progressive tax plan, he argues, would balance income inequality. On social justice, he would parrot the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement. … But ecological restoration — ‘bringing the environment back to health, not just slowing its decline’ — is front and center on his political agenda. DeMare’s campaign website features a flier” with the candidate “smirking as global warming burns the world behind him. ‘Vote for me if you want to live!’ the ad says.”
In another article, the Beacon Journal writes that DeMare and the two independent candidates in the race “are long-shot candidates,” but “what they lack in viability they more than compensate for in the ability to alter the outcome of the election.”
Ohio Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Joe DeMare breaks down the Ohio Secretary of State’s analysis of the state’s March primaries, writing that while many registered Greens switched to the Democratic Party, “presumably to vote for Bernie [Sanders],” for every Green who became a Democrat, three previously unaffiliated voters registered Green, and “almost half as many Dems switched to Green as Greens switched to Dems. Overall, we almost doubled in size.”
DeMare writes to these new members, “WELCOME!! My advice to you as an ‘old’ Green is to speak up! Tell us old timers what you want to see in the Green Party of Ohio. If you’re in a county that doesn’t yet have a County Committee, consider starting one. All it lakes is a letter to your County Board of Elections. I will help you through the process.”
The Green Party of Ohio has called for the inclusion of U.S. Senate nominee Joe DeMare in the debates that have been agreed to by the Democratic and Republican nominees. The Ohio Green said in a statement, “The primaries have ended; the nominees for all three recognized parties in Ohio have been chosen. It is vital that Ohio voters hear all the voices and have the ability to make an informed decision as to how they will vote in November.”
The party also said the two independent candidates in the race should be invited to debate, and that all Green candidates “for U.S. House and the Ohio Statehouse, as well as local offices be given the opportunity to debate their counterparts, should those debates occur. Only by all the candidates being heard can Ohioans truly have the chance to vote for whom they see as having the ideas and platform that best matches the voters own ideals.”
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 will host a broadcast of President Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday, January, on the party’s livestream YouTube channel. An online chat will take place during the speech, with Green Party candidates commenting as well.
Candidates slated to appear include U.S. Senate candidates Joe DeMare (Ohio), Margaret Flowers (Maryland), Arn Menconi (Colorado), and Shamako Noble (California); and U.S. House candidates Matt Funiciello (New York 21st District) and Joe Manchik (Ohio 12th District). Green Party national co-chair Andrea Mérida will host the event.
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.”
Running for any seat in the Green Party is more like an obstacle course than a race.
First, you need to gather signatures to appear on the ballot. That number depends on what the desired seat is, but for the U.S. Senate election you’d need at least 500. (Major parties need at least 1,000.) If anyone signed a petition in a county where they are not registered, they don’t count. Current and previous addresses rule others out. And if some print their names rather than signing it, their names are disqualified, too.
“What most people don’t realize when you’re a minor party is that every election cycle, you’re under a threat because the two major parties don’t want us to participate,” said Anita Rios, co-chair of the Green Party of Ohio and one of the candidates for U.S. Senate. She and Bowling Green resident Joe DeMare know this all too well.