2020 Green Party Presidential Candidates

The 2020 election cycle is upon us and Greens are starting to declare their candidacy.  While the Illinois Green Party is neutral in the primary process until our membership votes in our Presidential Selection Process, we want to do our best to provide an unbiased space for our membership and the general public to learn about the Green Party Candidates for President in 2020.  Here we will list basic information for all of the Green candidates that have been recognized by the national party.  Candidates are listed in the order they achieved recognition from the Green Party of the United States Presidential Campaign Support Committee. The criteria for official recognition can be found in Article 10 of the Green Party Rules and Procedures.

The Illinois Green Party 2020 Presidential Selection vote will take place from February 29, 2020 through March 14, 2020.  ILGP Members can vote in person at our 2020 Spring Convention in Chicago on February 29 or online throughout the entire voting period. The vote will determine the proportional allotment of ILGP Delegates to the Green Party of the United States Presidential Nominating Convention in Detroit.

In order to vote in the 2020 ILGP Presidential Selection Process, you must be an Illinois resident and a dues paying member of the ILGP and not vote in the primary of any other party in Illinois.  Click HERE to pay your dues.  If you have any questions or need to know if you are up to date on your dues email secretary@ilgp.org.

The Illinois Green Party will be holding a 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum following our 2020 Spring Convention in Chicago on Saturday, February 29, 2020. For event details visit the event page here.



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Policies: Green Party US Questionnaire

Bio: Howie Hawkins is the original Green New Dealer, the first US candidate to campaign for a Green New Deal in 2010. He is also one of the original Greens in the United States, having participated in the first national meeting to organize a US Green Party in St. Paul, Minnesota in August 1984.

Howie became active in “The Movement” for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam in the 1960s as a teenager in the San Francisco Bay Area. Repelled by the racism and warmongering he saw in both major parties, he asked, “Where is my party?

From the start, he was committed to independent working-class politics for a democratic, socialist, and ecological society.  He supported the Peace and Freedom Party in 1968, the People's Party in 1972 and 1976, and the Citizens Party in 1980.  Since that first national meeting in 1984, Howie has been a Green Party organizer.

Howie was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was also a leader in the anti-apartheid divestment movement to end US corporate investment in the racist system of oppression and labor exploitation in South Africa.

Howie moved to Syracuse in 1991 to develop cooperatives for CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives that promoted cooperative ownership, democratic control, and ecological sustainability in the local economy. From 2001 to 2018, he worked as a Teamster unloading trucks at UPS and is now retired.

As the Green Party’s candidate for governor of New York in 2010, 2014, and 2018, each time he received enough votes to qualify the Green Party for a ballot line for the next four years. In 2014, he received 5 percent of the vote, the most for an independent progressive party candidates for governor in New York history except for Socialist candidates who received 5.7% in 1918 and 5.6% in 1920.

As a Green Party candidate many times for local office in Syracuse, his vote grew from 3% for at-large councilor in 1993 to 48% for a district council seat in 2011. In 2015, he received 35% of the citywide vote for city auditor.


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Policies: Green Party US Questionnaire

Bio: I was born in New Jersey to an African-American mother and a Persian father. We were a working poor family and for us life was a constant struggle to make ends meet. I held on to my goals, getting into Princeton and through three law degrees.

I know what it’s like to come from a hard life, but I also know what it’s like to make good on little more than faith and hard work.I've previously taught as a high school English teacher, served as a K-8 school administrator and as a community college instructor. I enjoy giving back through education and I believe that it is the key to our advancement as a country, just as it has been key to my own personal upliftment. I formerly practiced law in Canada and more recently as an international environmental lawyer at a firm in Israel-Palestine.

In Youngstown, OH, I served as a member of the Youngstown Board of Education (2016-2020), fighting the predatory effort of the State of Ohio to take over our district and trap our children in a CEO-run corporate failure. I fought to ban fracking and successfully took on local and state governments in court to uphold the public's right to public records.A convert to Judaism (first through a Reform and then an Orthodox process), I have brought my very liberal and open-minded approach to spiritual leadership to multiple communities as a rabbi since my ordination in 2012. I was previously the campus rabbi for the College of Wooster as well as a pulpit rabbi to a local congregation in Youngstown.I now live in Los Angeles, California.



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Policies: Green Party US Questionnaire

Bio: David Rolde is a revolutionary communist anti-imperialist activist from Massachusetts.  David was inspired to activism in 2001 after the 911 false flag attacks. David was horrified by the pro-war patriotism all around him and by the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. David’s daughter started kindergarten, and the public school tried to force her to worship the united states flag every day. David joined the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts in 2003, and has served on the GRP State Committee most of the time since then, and as Secretary of the state party in 2006. He is currently Secretary of the Greater Boston Chapter of GRP. In 2005 David founded Boston Anti-Zionist Action, an affinity group which protested in defense of Sudan against the so-called “Save Darfur” Zionist-organized pro-war propaganda campaign. David has also protested in defense of Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, Venezuela, China, Russia and many other countries against imperialist “regime change” propaganda campaigns and wars. David is a member of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, American Iranian Friendship Committee, Syrian American Forum, Hands Off Syria Coalition, Boston Venezuela Solidarity Committee, and Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases. David is a longtime supporter of the Black Is Back Coalition,  and endorses BIBC’s 19 point National Black Political Agenda for Self-Determination. David is currently on the Steering Committee of Cindy Sheehan’s Rage Against the War Machine. David is involved in movements to stop corporations from poisoning us, e.g., he has opposed water fluoridation, and helped organize Boston March Against Monsanto for several years. David works closely with disability rights organizations, including Second Thoughts Massachusetts, to oppose legalized euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

For more information about the 2020 Green Party Presidential Process, including other candidates who are seeking the nomination, but have not yet been recognized, visit gp.org/2020.


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  • C M Blankenhorn
    published this page 2020-02-06 20:53:42 -0600