Green Party presidential candidate Bill Kreml won the majority of South Carolina’s delegates to the Green Party presidential nominating convention at the state convention in Columbia Saturday. Kreml won five delegates, while Jill Stein won three.
Kreml is professor emiritus of political science at the University of South Carolina, and challenged incumbent Democrat Ernest Hollings in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in the state in 1980, taking 8.2% of the vote in a three-way race. Kreml also ran protest campaigns in the Democratic presidential primaries in South Carolina in 1992 and 2000.
Of the 14 reported state results so far, this is the first Green contest not won by Jill Stein. Stein leads the nomination race with a total of 91 delegates, followed by Kreml at 11, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry five, Kent Mesplay four, and Darryl Cherney two. Kreml and Stein are currently the only two candidates recognized by the Green Party of the United States. There are 14 candidates seeking the nomination in some capacity.
Madison, Wisconsin’s WKOW-TV reports on its website that the Wisconsin Green Party held its spring meeting on Saturday and “eard from the five candidates running for the Green Party’s nomination for president. Members say this could be a breakout year for the party.”
Green Party activist Dave Schwab said, “This is the best year we’ve ever seen. People are more receptive than ever. If you look at polls they reveal numbers of Americans are disenchanted with the two party system.”
WKOW lists the five candidates and says the nominee “will be chosen at the Green Party’s national convention, which is coming up in August in Houston, Texas.”
Green Party presidential candidate Kent Mesplay says Roseanne Barr has agreed to be his vice presidential running mate if he wins the nomination at the Houston convention in August.
Mesplay first announced the news on his campaign website on April 1, but there was some doubt in online Green Party circles given that it was April Fools Day, which Mesplay himself noted at the end of his message. However, Mesplay told Green Party Watch today, “It’s legitimate. I’ve been holding off since her recent stance on Israel is contentious. However, we can use this as a way to teach the different approaches to peace. One-state vs two-state solutions vs other approaches. It’s going to be a wild ride….got a tiger by the tail…but it will draw attention.”
Barr ran for the Green Party presidential nomination in 2012, receiving 72 votes at the convention, one-quarter of the total. Mesplay himself received 17 votes. After her defeat, Barr accepted the Peace and Freedom Party presidential nomination, and received 67,326 votes in November, finishing in sixth place nationally.
Barr has since become a controversial figure in Green circles with her comments on the Israel-Palestine conflict. She recently called American progressives “naked bigots” who engage in “garden variety anti-Semitism,” and called the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement “right-wing and fascist” and its backers “racist Jew-haters.”
Complete video of the Green Party presidential debate hosted by the Green Party of New Mexico and Students Organizing Actions for Peace at the University of New Mexico on Saturday is now available online. The full video runs one hour and 48 minutes.
Texas delegates to the Green Party National Convention were selected late Saturday. Based on the certified tally of March precinct convention ballots, Jill Stein was awarded 15 delegates, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry three, Darryl Cherney two, Kent Mesplay two, and Bill Kreml one.
The Green Party of New Mexico and Students Organizing Actions for Peace will host a debate between the five candidates for the Green Party presidential nomination — Darryl Cherney, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, and Jill Stein — on Saturday, April 9, at 4:00 p.m. MDT. The event will take place at the University of New Mexico Student Union Building.
Professor Jamal Martin of UNM’s Africana Studies department, director of Peace Studies at the school, will moderate the debate, which will be streamed live by Burque Media Productions.
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.
With 85% of precincts reporting, Jill Stein has easily won the Arizona Green Party presidential primary, receiving 567 votes, or 82% of the total, to Kent Mesplay’s 125 (18%). Stein and Mesplay were the only candidates on the Green primary ballot.
Mesplay wrote on Facebook during the day Tuesday, “Doing handyman work in Arizona, and I’m on the ballot for president!”
UPDATE: Final results show Stein with 609 votes (81%) to Mesplay’s 139 votes (19%).