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 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.