Maine Green candidates to hold press conference in Portland on Tuesday Oct. 21 at noon
Maine Green Independent Party
October 17, 2008
For Immediate Release
Lynne Williams, Lynne@mainegreens.org, cell: (208)266-6327
The Maine Green Independent Party will hold a press conference on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at noon at Monument Square, Portland, in order for the party to present the argument that voters need not vote for the lesser of two evils - there is a third way to vote and that's the Green way. Many of the party's candidates for the state legislature and local offices will be in attendance at the press conference.
Lynne Williams, State Chair of the Maine Independent Green Party, will discuss Green Party presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney, and how McKinney's platform provides a clear alternative to the platforms of the two corporate parties. According to state chair Williams, "In this time of economic turmoil, we need to look at alternatives. Both the democrats and the republicans got us into this mess. How can we trust them to get us out of it? McKinney's ideas and proposals deserve consideration by the voters, who need to know that Obama and McCain are not the only choices."
The MGIP also has candidates running in November for Portland City Council, Portland School Board, York County Treasurer, Portland Water District Board, and for the state legislature from districts in Portland, Brunswick and Gorham. All of these impressive candidates make clear distinctions between themselves and their opponents, and provide thoughtful, innovative and creative proposals for change in their towns, districts and the state as a whole.
Electing one or more Greens to the state legislature could effectively change the balance of power in Augusta, resulting in more community-focused legislation, rather than the typical top- down mandates that the executive and legislature branches issue.
According to Capt. Bill Linnell, who is running for State Senate from Portland, if elected he would be the swing vote in the senate, giving Portland the most powerful seat in the senate. "Now there's a real recipe for the change we need in the school funding formula, in property taxes and in so many other areas," stated Linnell.
Candidates in attendance at the October 21st press conference will speak briefly about their campaigns and their policy proposals and initiatives. "We have talented candidates who are not beholden to the status quo, as the corporate parties are. They are truly the only ones who can provide the change that Maine so desperately needs," notes Williams.