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CT Green Party announces candidate for state house

The Green Party of Connecticut announced today that Don Alexander is running for State Representative, House District 64 (Torrington, Sharon, Cornwall, Goshen, and Salisbury) this fall.
A resident of Torrington, Alexander is a quality assurance engineer at a state company. He is married, with three children. He is veteran of the Navy. This is his first time to ever run for office.
Alexander said he is running a positive, issue based campaign with no mudslinging. His campaign will address many issues but focus on:
1. Creating new “Green” jobs with tax incentives for new employees and start up costs for local companies
2. Building a world class state single payer care health care system to model for the nation
3. Restoring education funding and education jobs with free college tuition for all state students at local community colleges. Continue Reading

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Connecticut newspapers profile Green Party legislative candidates

Monica Polanco of the Hartford Courant recently profiled the Connecticut Green Party’s slate of candidates for state legislature, Colin Bennett, Rae Johnson, Ben Wojan and Nicholas Payne:

The Connecticut Green Party is running four candidates for statewide seats and seats in the General Assembly. They include a youth counselor, a retired guidance counselor and a dual contender for state comptroller and the state Senate’s 33rd District

“I think the overarching theme is they’re average citizens,” said Tim McKee, party spokesman and member of its national committee. “I think they’re going to try to talk about important issues: the economy, certainly social justice issues and clean government.”

Read the full article at the Hartford Courant.

Hannah Vahl of the Middletown Press also wrote an article about Rae Johnson, Green candidate for State Senate District 9.

“There isn’t any common sense being used right now in decision making,” Johnson said about her motivation for running. “It doesn’t seem like it’s a government by the people, for the people. It’s time for a change.”

Read the full article at the Middletown Press.

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Connecticut Green Party “taking different approach”

The Hartford Courant recently featured the CT Green Party in an article entitled “With Eye on Election Day, Green Party Taking Different Approach”:

“Millionaires and celebrities get all the attention,” said Tim McKee, a spokesman for Connecticut Greens and a member of the party’s national committee. “We want to get more average people running for office, but it’s becoming harder and harder. … It’s a millionaires’ club.”

This year, the Green Party has candidates for attorney general, secretary of the state, treasurer and comptroller. It has no candidate for governor at this point…

McKee and other Green activists are taking a different approach this year, focusing on winning legislative races in addition to the four state constitutional offices.

So far, the party has nominated four candidates for the General Assembly. It also tapped Scott Deshefy, a retired DEP worker from Lebanon, to run for Congress from the 2nd District.

“We’re trying to be realistic,” McKee said. “You spend a lot of money and energy running for high-profile offices, but it’s hard to get press, hard to get into any debates. … There are just tremendous hurdles for a party that’s trying to grow.”

Read the full article at the Hartford Courant.

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Connecticut Green Party nominates candidates for Attorney General, Comptroller, Treasurer, Secretary of the State

From Christopher Keating at the Hartford Courant’s Capitol Watch Blog:

The Green Party of Connecticut nominated a slate of candidates Saturday for the November election for attorney general, comptroller, treasurer, and secretary of the state.

Based on state law, the party has ballot lines for 2010 for those statewide positions. But since the party lacked the necessary 1 percent of the vote in the 2006 governor’s race, the party does not have an automatic ballot line for governor in 2010.

For attorney general, Stephen Fournier – a Hartford attorney with 30 years of active practice at the bar – gained the party’s nomination.

For secretary of the state, longtime candidate Michael DeRosa of Wethersfield accepted the party’s nod. DeRosa ran in 2006, but he was unable to get into a debate against Democrat Susan Bysiewicz.

David Bue, an investment adviser from Westport, will be the candidate for treasurer against Democratic incumbent Denise Nappier, while Colin Bennet of Westbrook has the party’s support for comptroller in the race against longtime Democratic incumbent Nancy Wyman. Continue Reading