Pacific Green Party gains ballot access
(Distributed by the Green Party of the United States, http://www.gp.org. See also "Oregon Greens are on the ballot," Jill Stein For President, July 27, 2012, http://www.jillstein.org/oregon_greens_are_on_the_ballot)
Pacific Green Party of Oregon
Michael R. Van Handel
Cell phone: (541) 908-6639
July 26, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Oregon Elections Division today notified party officials that the Pacific Green Party of Oregon is qualified under state law to place candidates on the November ballot.
As a result, Oregon voters will once again have the opportunity to vote for peace, sustainability and genuine democracy.
The PGP has nominated Seth Woolley of Portland and Pat Driscoll of Eugene as the party's candidates for Oregon Secretary of State and Treasurer, respectively.
"Oregon voters deserve the opportunity to vote on a Green agenda," said Mr. Driscoll.
"As the Green candidate for Oregon State Treasurer, I offer an alternative to the business-as-usual policies of Ted Wheeler, the current Treasurer. Instead of investing in out-of-state banks that profit from financial speculation, we need to put Oregon's money to work for Oregonians by creating our own bank, the Bank of Oregon.
"Thanks to the Pacific Green Party of Oregon, voters in November will have the opportunity to vote for our Green agenda of using public dollars for public benefit instead of private profit."
Said Secretary of State candidate Seth Woolley, "When Kate Brown tried to throw the Pacific Green Party off the ballot, the party and my Secretary of State campaign organized the largest and fastest third party voter registration drive in recent memory."
"We took to the streets to reclaim the right to vote for a viable alternative to the corporate parties exemplified by my opponent, who has doubled logging on Oregon state forests, suppressed the right of Oregon citizens to sign petitions and be counted, and manipulated the election process to the advantage of her biggest special-interest donors, all the while refusing to enforce voter-approved campaign finance reform."
In a convention held early in June, the party selected congressional nominees Stephen Reynolds (a member of the Progressive Party and a fusion candidate) in District 1, Woody Broadnax Jr. in District 3, Mike Beilstein in District 4, and Christina Lugo in District 5.
Oregon House nominees were Chris Henry for District 37 and Alex Polikoff for District 23, and Tim Dehne was nominated for Benton County Commissioner.
The Party's presidential nominee is Dr. Jill Stein, a Harvard-educated physician and author. She is joined by running mate Cheri Honkala, the nation's leading anti-poverty advocate.
A lawsuit is still pending against Secretary of State Kate Brown over the party's right to place candidates on the November ballot. According to the Pacific Green Party, the Secretary of State's office, which oversees elections, had acted arbitrarily and unfairly when it previously determined that the party did not qualify for the 2012 ballot.
The plaintiffs in the suit, Mr. Woolley and the Pacific Green Party, intend to press forward with the case.
"It is important to the party and to the democratic process that we get a judge to review the actions of the Secretary of State," said Blair Bobier, attorney for Mr. Woolley and the PGP.
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