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.
GPUS Co-Chair Tamar Yager said, “Following the Republican and Democratic conventions, the Green convention will be watched closely because of widely anticipated dissatisfaction with the projected nominees of both of the established parties. We look forward to welcoming many Bernie Sanders supporters if he doesn’t emerge from the DNC as the nominee, as well as other voters who are considering alternatives to the two corporate-money parties and their candidates.”
Candidates for the presidential nomination will field questions from the media at a joint news conference on Saturday morning, with balloting later that day. The theme of the Green convention is “Houston, We Have A Solution: Vote Green 2016.”
Green Party of Texas State Executive Committee Co-Chair Laura Palmer said, “Texas Greens are excited to host this historic convention, which will bring attention to so many critical issues in a city that lies at the heart of the corporate empire. We believe Houston is uniquely situated to influence the national political dialogue, and to help lead the way in finding solutions for the future.”
Tijerina, a nurse and activist, visited United Nations in New York to delegate on behalf of economic development, global faith awareness, and civil rights earlier this month. She recently debated Democratic candidates for the open-seat race, and has opened a campaign office.
Tijerina for Greener Texas campaign director Cary Lee Peterson said, “It will be a good election for South Texas; definitely a game changer. I’m proud to represent the first Hispanic-American congresswoman, who abundantly possesses the qualifications on foreign relations and social affairs to lead District 15 into a prosperous future.”
The official Green Party of the United States website at GP.org has published a profile of the Green Party of Texas. It reads in part:
The GPTX has already set a new record in 2016, with more than 50 candidates seeking offices across the state. There are candidates for the U.S. House in 19 of the state’s 36 districts, the first time the Green Party will field candidates in a majority of the state’s races.
“Texas is a red state, so there is no ‘lesser evil’ risk in voting Green,” says state co-chair Aaron Renaud. “Besides, the Democrats do not have the energy or motivation to fix the campaign finance system, in that regard they are just as culpable. In the end, I would say to vote for the only party that doesn’t accept corporate donations. I would say to put real people into office, not politicians.”
But there are challenges in organizing in a state that covers more than a quarter-million square miles and that has more than 250 counties.
Co-chair Laura Palmer says, “Because the state is so large, party cohesion is one of our biggest challenges. Getting to know party members in other areas, keeping track of the status of local parties, and having the ability to screen volunteers for key roles are all enormous concerns.” Palmer says the GPTX has started to implement an “intentionally regional approach,” urging locals in the same parts of the state to work together.
- Arizona: Primary (March 22)
- California: Primary (June 7)
- Colorado: State party meeting (April 3)
- Delaware: Convention (May)
- District of Columbia: Primary (June 14)
- Illinois: Online voting (Jan. 25-Feb. 14), Primary (March 15)
- Maine: Primary (June 14)
- Massachusetts: Primary (March 1)
- Minnesota: Caucus (March 1)
- Nebraska: Convention (TBD)
- New York: Convention (June 11)
- Ohio: Primary (March 15), Convention (April 3)
- Texas: Convention (April 9-10)
The Green Party of the United States has recognized five presidential candidates: Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, and Jill Stein. States have different standards for listing candidates in their primaries, so not all candidates will be on all primary ballots.The nominees for president and vice president will be selected at the Green National Convention in Houston, August 4-7.
Peace activist Rusty Tomlinson announced Wednesday that he will seek the Green Party nomination for the Texas 13th District U.S. House seat. The seat is currently held by Republican William “Mac” Thornberry, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
Tomlinson told The Amarillo Globe-News, “[Thornberry] is in the position of keeping the United States strong militarily. I am more of a pacifist. I believe in, instead of seeking to be a world power, we should seek to be an equal partner of the family of nations…and start with talking instead of killing.”
Tomlinson, a retired special education teacher, is running under the slogan “A Radical Change”. He told the newspaper, “I will work to drastically reduce the size of our military and its budget. I will work to change our nation from the world’s only superpower, to an equal partner in the family of nations, ready to work as an equal.”
KAMR-TV Amarillo had a report on Tomlinson’s campaign, which can be viewed online.
Green Party activist Martina Salinas will run for Texas railroad commissioner in 2016. The commission regulates the oil and gas industry and other resources in the state. It no longer regulates railroads.
Her campaign said, “As a non-politician candidate, Salinas will strive to be the voice for the citizens of Texas, such as the citizens in the Rio Grande Valley who are fighting to preserve their quality of life by standing against a big industry that wants to build a unwanted LNG plant in South Texas.”
Salinas ran for railroad commissioner in 2014, receiving two percent of the vote in a four-way race.
The party said, “The Green Party ballot line is set up and waiting for people like you to participate in the democratic process. Yes, the system is rigged, and skewed, and gerrymandered, and full of big bucks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get into the game.”
The announcement had a link to the form with the Texas Secretary of State’s office required to file for office. There is no filing fee.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein sends a campaign update from Texas, “where peaceful rebellion is heating up! Across the Lone Star State, everyday heroes are coming together for renewable energy jobs, frack-free communities, a halt to immigrant deportations, bailing out the students, and an end to the real border security threat — the war on drugs — and so much more.”
Stein also responded to the recent Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, saying the event at “a luxury resort in the mecca of casino capitalism…exposed the persistent deadly gulf between the corporate-funded politics that’s brought us a world of crisis, and the people powered politics we serve, fighting for a world of justice.”
Stein said hers is the only campaign “fighting to cancel student debt” and also promised to “implement a National Action Plan for Racial Justice Now, to address convergent racial injustice across the board, and cut our nation’s shameful record prison population by more than half.”
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein “has been touring Texas during the past week, talking to residents across the state about issues ranging from police brutality to fracking concerns. Her stops included time in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, McAllen, Laredo, Karnes City and San Antonio.” The newspaper notes that Stein faces four rivals for the nomination: “Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry, Darryl Cherney, Kent Mesplay and William Kreml.”
The Laredo Morning Times reports Stein was at Texas A&M International University Sunday “to share her presidential platform [with] students and the public. … Originally from Chicago, Stein managed to get the best of the best for her education, graduating from Harvard College for her undergraduate degree and Harvard Medical School for her doctorate.”