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Consider these 13 Green Party Candidates for Governor

If your ideas tend toward the left-hand side of the political spectrum and you are dissatisfied with your choices in the Governor’s race where you live, consider the Green Party choices that you might not have heard of. Green Party Watch lists the Green Party candidates running for Governor in 13 states. The candidates are delightfully unabashed about their alternative identities and perspectives. My favorite is Howard Switzer, who declares of himself:

I am a hippy, proud because we hippies have been right on every issue for the last 40 years. We were right about Nixon, Racism, Vietnam, consumerism, nuclear power, environmental pollution, organic food, natural birth, green renewable and appropriate technology …and we are right about the corporate control of our national institutions. My goal is not to overthrow the system but to make it irrelevant by reviving democracy, by making sure that every organization, our church, school, or government is run according to its principles….

Our patriotic duty today is to make all major American institutions democratic. While we may have much personal freedom to go where we want, work, eat, live where we want, buy what we think we want, change the channel when we want, etc. we have given up our civic and political roles. We do not have the freedom to participate in decisions about war and foreign policy, domestic health and safety, taxes and monetary policy, transportation or environmental protection or education policy. The media, school system, financial system, labor unions, the arts, religious institutions and our political system, even our high courts are now dominated by this centralized corporate wealth. It is an issue that is not even on the agenda of the “suits,” my corporate funded opponents in this race.

5 comments to Consider these 13 Green Party Candidates for Governor

  • Mark

    One of the candidates mentioned was Morgan Reeves of South Carolina. I like Mr. Reeves. I think he has a lot of great ideas for the state of South Carolina and I think he would make a great governor.

    Unfortunately, he doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning. He began his campaign far too late. He has had virtually no exposure until recently. I first saw a campaign sign for him in downtown Charleston a month ago and first read about him in the newspaper this week. He will not be a part of the upcoming gubernatorial debates between the Republican candidate, Nikki Haley, and the Democrat candidate, Vincent Sheheen. I will be voting for Sheheen, not because he’s my first choice, but because he has a reasonable chance to win, and I do feel he would be a good governor. I believe that Nikki Haley would be a bad governor for the state of South Carolina. Voting for Reeves would make it more likely that Haley would win and that’s unacceptable to me. Sometimes idealism must take a back seat to practicality.

    • Jim

      Reeves’ problems are resource problems… and frankly a lot of the Green Party problems are resource problems. The more support we can give to Green Party candidates earlier in their campaigns, the more viable they’ll be as candidates later in their campaigns.

  • Tom

    My state, PA, makes it so hard for any other party but the duopoly to even get on the ballot that we don’t even HAVE a green party candidate (or not a very prominent one – ie. he/she didn’t even make your list). Nader had trouble getting on the ballot here!

    • Well, we did have a Green Party candidate for US Senate, but the Democrats kicked him off the ballot. The good news is that it looks like in Philly we might elect a Green Party state rep, which would be a first for Pennsylvania (and only the fifth time in US history, I believe, although the Greens might get 3 or 4 state reps this year nationwide).

  • Mark

    It’s a Catch-22 for third party candidates. Without adequate funding they can’t get their message out, but until they get their message out they can’t attract much funding.

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