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Green Party LogoMichigan Greens Nominate 19 at State Convention

Green Party of Michigan

News Release
June 9, 2014

For More Information, Contact:

Fred Vitale, GPMI Chair
(313) 580-4905

John Anthony La Pietra, GPMI Elections Co-ordinator
(269) 781-9478

Paperwork Filed with Bureau of Elections, County Clerks
Also Okay Seven County Caucuses to Nominate More by August, Endorse Two Party Members Running in Non-Partisan Races

The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) put 19 names on the November 4 general-election ballot at its state nominating convention in the Detroit area this past weekend. A list is provided below.

The nominating paperwork has been certified to the Bureau of Elections in Lansing -- and, for two nominees for county commissioner, to the proper county clerks as well.

And more Green nominees may be coming soon, says GPMI Elections Co-ordinator John Anthony La Pietra -- from seven county caucuses authorized by the delegates to be held by the August 5 primary date.

Greens in Ingham, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Oakland, Tuscola, and Wayne Counties will give party members in their areas at least 14 days' notice of the date, time, and place of the local caucus.

A caucus may nominate a candidate for any partisan office at any level, as long as it serves a constituency entirely within the county. For instance, a Wayne County caucus could nominate someone for the 13th District US House race.

The candidates nominated at GPMI's convention, and the offices each is running for, are listed on the party's Website at:

This page will be updated with campaign links and other contact information throughout the summer and fall.

The Bureau posted a Webpage for Federal- and state- level general-election candidates two and a half months ago:

"We look forward to seeing our nominees up there soon," says La Pietra. "Along with Libertarian candidates nominated three weeks ago. Not to mention US Taxpayers Party candidates who are nominated three weeks from now, independent candidates who have three weeks after that to qualify, and Natural Law Party candidates who may convene at the last moment -- another three weeks later."

And the November list should be accessible from links now, just like its August counterpart. "Primary voters might vote differently if they know they'll have more than just the primary winners to choose from in November."

"It's only fair to let the voters know."

Voters can already see the name of GPMI member Eric Borregard on the list of four November candidates for three seats on the non-partisan Washtenaw Community College board:

GPMI could not nominate Borregard for that spot; he qualified himself with ballot petitions. But the party did endorse him unanimously at the convention.

Also endorsed was member Joe Connolly, who is now collecting signatures for his petition to be on the ballot as a candidate for the non-partisan board of Northwest Michigan College.

For other information about GPMI, its candidates, its platform, and its values, visit:

You can also "like" the Green Party of Michigan US Facebook page and follow GPMI's Twitter feed @MIGreenParty.

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GPMI was formed in 1987 to address environmental issues in Michigan politics. Greens are organized in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each state Green Party sets its own goals and creates its own structure, but US Greens agree on Ten Key Values:

Ecological Wisdom
Grassroots Democracy
Social Justice
Community Economics
Respect for Diversity
Personal/Global Responsibility
Future Focus/Sustainability

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candidates nominated by GPMI at its June 7-8 state convention for the November 4, 2014 ballot

Governor -- Paul Homeniuk
Lieutenant Governor -- Candace Caveny

Attorney General -- John Anthony La Pietra

US Senator -- Chris Wahmhoff

US House / District 01 -- Ellis Boal
US House / District 03 -- Tonya Duncan
US House / District 06 -- John M. Lawrence
US House / District 08 -- Jim Casha
US House / District 09 -- John V. McDermott
US House / District 10 -- Harley Mikkelson
US House / District 14 -- Stephen Boyle

State Board of Education -- Sherry A. Wells

U-M Board of Regents -- Ian Swanson

MSU Board of Trustees -- Terry Link
MSU Board of Trustees -- Adam Adrianson

Wayne St U Board of Governors -- Margaret Guttshall
Wayne St U Board of Governors -- Latham T. Redding

Grand Traverse County
Commissioner / District 2 -- Tom Mair

Presque Isle County
Commissioner / District 1 -- Wayne Vermilya

candidates for non-partisan offices on the November 4, 2014 ballot endorsed by GPMI at its convention

Northwest Michigan College
Board of Trustees -- Joe Connolly

Washtenaw Community College
Board of Trustees -- Eric Borregard