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Green Senate Races 2010

September 26, 2010 in Congressional Campaigns

The Green Party is running 14 13 candidates for U.S. Senate across the nation, from Arkansas to West Virginia. Midge Potts in Missouri has dropped out after failing to get the 10,000 signatures necessary to get on the ballot. Mel Packer in Pennsylvania collected over 20,000 signatures necessary to get on the ballot, which were challenged, forcing him off the ballot. This number matchesis one shy of the 2006 election when 14 candidates for US Senate were on the ballot. There are 37 US Senate elections this November (3 are special elections).

The Green Senatorial Campaign Committee, a political action committee of the Green Party of the United States, has a new website that is worth checking out. The GSCC raises money for Green Party candidates for Congress.

2010 Candidates for US Senate on the Green Party ticket

Colia Clark – New York Ms. Clark is a veteran of the civil rights movement. Her work has included activism in the fields of women’s rights and workers’ rights, as well as activism and advocacy for homeless people and youth. Most recently, she has worked with the Cynthia McKinney for President campaign with “Power to the People”. Clark is a chair of Grandmothers for the Release of Mumia Abu Jamal. During the Civil Rights era, Colia Clark was a Special Assistant to Medgar W. Evers, field Secretary for the NAACP. Clark later joined the Mississippi Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) doing voter registration work.

Cecile Lawrence – New York Ms. Lawrence is originally from Jamaica, and has been living in upstate New York for over 18 years. She has worked in college administration, non-profit administration and in college teaching. Dr. Lawrence has been active in the fight for universal health care and opposing the method of drilling for natural gas called High Volume Horizontal Hydrofracturing that threatens the health and welfare as well as the water of all of the residents of New York State. She has a PhD in Philosophy, Interpretation & Culture from Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.) and is a graduate of the University at Buffalo (S.U.N.Y.) Law School. A resident of Tioga County, shes been a board member of local civic organizations such as the YWCA and the Southern Tier Independence Center, and is currently a member of Tioga Peace and Justice.

Natasha Pettigrew – Maryland Natasha Pettigrew was tragically killed on in September when an SUV hit her while she rode her bike in the early morning hours. The Maryland Green Party may replace her name on the ballot but otherwise she will appear on the November ballot. Pettigrew was 30 years old at the time of her death. She had taken a leave from Law School to run for US Senate, was a former Americorps volunteer, and a deeply compassionate person.

Tom Clements – South Carolina Tom Clements got a huge boost in his campaign for US Senate in South Carolina when a virtual unknown with a questionable legal history won the Democratic primary. Liberals in South Carolina are taking a second look now at Tom Clements, who is coming across as a very appealing choice. Clements worked for 13 years for Greenpeace International, and was the Executive Director of the Nuclear Control Institute in Washington DC.

Jesse Johnson – West Virginia Jesse Johnson is an outspoken activist against mountain top removal and opponent of the mining interests that run West Virginia. He was the West Virginia Mountain Party’s candidate for Governor in 2004 and US Senate in 2006, before the Mountain Party became a state affiliate of the Green Party. Johnson sought the Presidential nomination of the Green Party in 2008.

LeAlan Jones – Illinois LeAlan Jones has been speaking truth to power for 17 years about poverty, inequality and justice. In 1993 LeAlan made headlines with his NPR documentary “Ghetto Life 101“ which he made with 14 year-old Lloyd Newman and producer David Isay. He continued writing and producing work about poverty and inner city violence, was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Peabody award. LeAlan Jones has been polling between 4% and 9% and has demonstrated that he is a serious and viable candidate for Barack Obama’s Senate Seat.

John Gray – Arkansas Gray is a retired engineer and the Mayor of Greenland, Arkansas. He is a strong environmentalist and corporate critic. Last cycle Arkansas did very well in congressional races, largely due to the Republicans and Democrats opting not to run against each other. In the US Senate race in 2008 Rebekah Kennedy got over 200,000 votes for 20.56% of the vote in a head to head match up with Democrat Mark Prior. This year is far more competitive with Democrat Blanche Lincoln being challenged by Republican John Boozman and Independent Trevor Drown.

Bob Kinsey – Colorado Kinsey ran for US Senate in Colorado two years ago, getting 46,000 votes for 2.13% in a four way race. He is a Marine Corps veteran, a retired history teacher, and retired United Church of Christ clergyman with forty years of advocacy for the Just Peace theology.

Jerry Joslyn – Arizona Jerry Joslyn’s history is as a small businessman in computers and publishing. He served with both the California Air National Guard and Arizona National Guard. This is an interesting race with John McCain being challenged by a Democrat and by a strong Libertarian candidate David Nolan, former Chair of the Libertarian Party and inventor of the “Nolan Chart”. Josslyn is a great candidate as well, Iracm currently watching his live streamed debate here.

Duane Roberts – California As a community activist, Roberts has been a defender of immigrant rights, a critic of police misconduct and abuse, and has even exposed political corruption. In 2003, he helped organize what then was one of the biggest anti-war demonstrations in Orange County since the Vietnam War at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. Roberts has been involved in many demonstrations and marches and has used his extensive knowledge of police behavior to protect the civil rights and liberties of protesters.

Candy Neville – Oregon I have not been able to verify that she is running but according to this she was nominated by the Pacific Green Party. If anyone has more information on this race please let me know. (Candy Neville is NOT a Green Party candidate for US Senate ~RKH)

Jim Brewer – Hawaii I don’t have much information about this race. If you have any, please let me know.

Jeff Russell (Write in) – Connecticut Russell is a new candidate, running as a write-in option in Connecticut. Last year Ralph Ferrucci ran for US Senate in Connecticut and won 6,387 votes for less than 1 percent.

Richard Weir (Write in) – North Carolina I’ll confess I am out of time, so I am referring you to this interview on Z Blogs with Mr. Weir. I would vote for him if I could.

Election History for US Senate

The first candidates to run for US Senate on the Green Party ticket were Linda Martin of Hawaii and Mary Jordan in Alaska, both in 1992. Martin got over 13% of the vote in a four way race, Jordan got over 8%. The following cycle Barbara Blong ran for US Senate in California and took in 140,000 votes. Four candidates run for US Senate in 1996, three more in 1998, and then ten candidates joined Ralph Nader on the ballot in 2000 as the Green Party began to really grow across the nation. Nine ran in 2002, eight in 2004, 14 in 2006, and seven in 2008.

Whitney, Greens, Profiled by Gay Chicago Magazine

September 24, 2010 in Local Elections, State Wide Elections

Rich Whitney, Illinois Green Party candidate for Governor, makes the cover of the latest issue of “Gay Chicago Magazine”. Whitney and the Green Party are favorably profiled in the cover story as a viable alternative to the “other candidates”.

The article notes other Illinois Green campaigns as well, including LeAlan Jones for U.S. Senate, Kenny Williams, and Jeremy Karpen.

LeAlan Jones Challenges NBC “Black-out”

September 20, 2010 in Congressional Campaigns

US Senate candidate LeAlan Jones (IL-Green Party) is getting shut out of NBC’s scheduled “debate” on October 10 on Meet the Press between his two opponents Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias. Despite growing support and growing fund raising, apparently Meet the Press does not plan to include Mr. Jones.

Jones’ campaign released this letter to NBC:

September 20, 2010

Steve Capus
NBC News
30 Rockefeller Center
New York, NY 10112

Dear Mr Capus,

I am writing you in regards to your October 10th debate between Illinois U.S. Senate candidates Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias on your program “Meet The Press.” Despite repeated attempts by my campaign staff to contact someone from the program, we have been ignored.

I am no minor candidate. As the only African-American running this historically African-American U.S. Senate seat, I have been polling as high as 14% with 30% in Illinois’ sizable African-American community. These are unprecedented levels for a Green Party candidate in a federal campaign.

And yet, your network is deliberately excluding me from this debate while it has been eager to cover the Tea Party and their “all-American” candidates.

So I ask you straight: does NBC believe it can shut out young, minority, low-income voices from its airwaves?
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LeAlan Jones for Senate: 10% = LeAlan in the debate

September 17, 2010 in Congressional Campaigns

Illinois Green Party US Senate candidate LeAlan Jones recently sent this message to supporters:

We are so close to the debates, we can feel it.

The latest poll puts LeAlan Jones at 9%. He needs 10% to get into the ABC 7 debate and blow this whole race wide open.

Can you help LeAlan make it to 10%? All it takes is 1%. Read the rest of this entry →

News from Ed Bortz, Pittsburgh Green for US House

September 17, 2010 in Congressional Campaigns

Pennsylvania Green Party candidate for US House in PA’s 14th District Ed Bortz has been very active recently. On September 13th, Bortz spoke out against hydrofracking at a Pittsburgh City Council meeting, which earned him a mention in at least one news outlet.

Bortz has received the endorsement of the Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Pittsburgh for his strong advocacy of the rights of people in the GLBT community.

He is also one of several Green candidates who have signed onto the Fight Washington Corruption pledge, including Ben Emery (CA-4), John Gray (AR-Sen), LeAlan Jones (IL-Sen), Bob Kinsey (CO-Sen), Simon Ribeiro (IL-9), Steven Welzer (NJ-4), and Julia Williams (MI-12). Candidates who sign the pledge support overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate spending on elections, passing the Fair Elections Now Act to establish option public campaign financing for congressional races, and enacting measures to limit the influence of corporate lobbyists.

LeAlan Jones (IL-Green) at 9% in Rasmussen US Senate Poll

September 12, 2010 in Congressional Campaigns, State Party News

The latest Rasmussen Poll on the US Senate race in Illinois includes Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones and puts him at 9%:

With leaners added in, Kirk picks up 41% of the vote, while Giannoulias earns 37% support. Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones, included for the first time in a Rasmussen Reports survey of the race, earns nine percent (9%). Five percent (5%) prefer another candidate in the race, and another nine percent (9%) are undecided.

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Twenty-six percent (26%) have a favorable opinion of Jones, an African-American journalist, while 30% regard him unfavorably. But 44% don’t know enough about the Green Party candidate to venture any opinion of him.

According to prevailing thought, Jones needs 10% polling to be included in the US Senate debates being organized this fall.

Is LeAlan Jones Going to be Shut Out of Debates?

August 26, 2010 in Congressional Campaigns

This blog post blasts Kirk for shutting Jones out of the Illinois Debates.

But what of Democrat Giannoulias?

(ht: DK)

New York Times profiles LeAlan Jones

August 14, 2010 in Congressional Campaigns

The New York Times on Friday has a profile piece on US Senate candidate LeAlan Jones, A Candidate Takes an Unlikely Green Path:

As a boy growing up in the long shadow of the Ida B. Wells public housing development, LeAlan Jones, the Illinois Green Party candidate for the United States Senate, learned at an early age to ignore naysayers.

“If you come from the ghetto, people are always doubting you,” Mr. Jones said. “I never listened to them. I was too busy.”

So go ahead and tell him the political facts of life: that he is wasting his time and has a scant shot at winning President’s Obama’s old Senate seat in November.
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LeAlan Jones on Fox News Chicago (must see)

July 31, 2010 in Congressional Campaigns

Amazing interview with Illinois Green Party candidate for US Senate LeAlan Jones on Fox News Chicago.

Live webcast of Illinois Green Party convention – July 30-Aug 1

July 30, 2010 in State Party News

Spread the word… the Illinois Green Party convention is going to stream live around the world this weekend!

We’re having our annual convention at Chicago’s Loyola University.. The live webcast will feature platform discussions, forums on Move to Amend, Single-Payer Health Care and the Re-localization Movement, and speeches by many of our candidates.

The highlight of the weekend will be a pair of keynote speeches by Rich Whitney, candidate for Governor who is currently polling at 9%, and LeAlan Jones, candidate for US Senate who is polling at 14%.

The live webcast will be available on ilgp.org. Live webcast schedule is below. Highlights will be played in between the live events. Read the rest of this entry →

LeAlan Jones party-fundraiser in Chicago August 1

July 28, 2010 in Congressional Campaigns

Illinois Green Party US Senate candidate LeAlan Jones will host a party and fundraiser at the Shrine in Chicago on Sunday 1 August. Jones will give a keynote address during the event. Details on facebook.

Two Midwest State Green Party Conventions This Weekend

July 26, 2010 in Grassroots Democracy, State Party News

This weekend two of the more successful State Green Parties are holding state conventions: The Illinois Green Party and the Green Party of Michigan.

At Loyola University’s Lake Shore Campus in Chicago the Illinois Green Party have organized three days of workshops and events beginning Friday July 30 and concluding Sunday August 1. A number of Illinois Green candidates will be speaking, highlighted by keynote addresses by gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney and US Senate candidate LeAlan Jones.

Click here for more information.

The Green Party of Michigan is holding their State Membership Meeting and Nominating Convention in Lansing, MI, where candidates for local, county, state and federal offices will be nominated for the fall election. The Convention is both Saturday July 31 and Sunday Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click here for more information.

State Journal-Register asks if IL Green Party can break through this year

July 19, 2010 in State Wide Elections

The State Journal-Register has an article asking if Illinois Green Party candidates like Rich Whitney and LeAlan Jones can lead the Greens to electoral success in spite of entrenched party politics:

With a Republican governor already in prison, a Democratic governor possibly headed there and no shortage of missteps by the major-party candidates for governor and U.S. Senate, Illinois seems ripe for an alternative.

Rich Whitney, the Green Party candidate for governor who got 10 percent of the vote four years ago, thinks he could be it.

Read the full article at the State Journal-Register.

Illinois Green Party spike in news coverage continues

June 24, 2010 in State Party News

The Illinois Green Party has been getting a lot of attention after recent polls showed Green gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney at 9% and US Senate candidate LeAlan Jones at 14%. Here are some of the stories featuring Illinois Greens in the past week:

Talking Points Memo: Green Party IL-SEN Candidate: I Could Win This Thing

NBC Chicago: Why the Green Party’s Even More Annoying (and Effective) This Year

The Southern: Whitney: Debates Should Be Inclusive

Firedoglake: With 4 major candidates in the US Senate and Governor races in Illinois, is a Green victory within reach?

LeAlan Jones’ campaign has a new facebook page, Friends of LeAlan M. Jones.

Below are emails sent to supporters by LeAlan Jones and Rich Whitney on 6/24 in which the candidates react to their growing momentum: Read the rest of this entry →

Illinois Green Party candidates grab attention with strong poll showings

June 18, 2010 in State Wide Elections

Illinois Green Party US Senate candidate LeAlan Jones and gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney have generated considerable buzz after two polls from Public Policy Polling showed Jones at 14% and Whitney with 9%, while their Democratic and Republican opponents hover in the low 30s. Here are some of the notable stories that have come out about LeAlan Jones and Rich Whitney this week:

The Huffington Post: LeAlan Jones, Illinois Green Party Senate Candidate, Sees Spike in Poll Numbers Following Mark Kirk Scandal

ABC Chicago: More candidates enter Ill. Senate race

NBC Chicago: From “Ghetto Life 101″ to Senator? An Interview With LeAlan Jones

Washington Post: The Illinois Green Party: Blago’s final revenge

WSIU NPR: Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate Says New Poll Shows Growing Support

Ellen’s IL 10th CD blog: Bill Hillsman is coming to Illinois politics to help Rich Whitney, Green Party Candidate for Governor

Firedoglake: Support for third parties – mostly the Greens – continues to grow around the country

To continue building upward momentum, LeAlan Jones and Rich Whitney need contributions of time and money from Greens in Illinois and around the country. Here is an email Whitney sent to supporters this week with the subject line “Making History: Breaking the Two-Party Monopoly”: Read the rest of this entry →