A debate between Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and his Republican challenger, Rep. Dennis Richardson, was under way Monday when Pacific Green Party candidate Jason Levin strode in.
Kitzhaber and Richardson looked up in surprise as Levin, in a dark suit and tie, introduced himself at the event before the editorial boards of Pamplin Media Group and EO Oregon Media Group at Pamplin offices in Milwaukie. He then took a seat at the table, next to Richardson.
Green Party's Mike Feinstein named one of the best, brightest, and most indispensable people in California politics
If there’s one third party candidate that has the potential to break through and win an election under California’s Top 2 Primary, it’s the Green Party’s Michael Feinstein. Ironic: considering Feinstein has been one of the biggest critics of an elections system that is largely killing off the state’s minor parties. This year, Feinstein along with the Peace and Freedom’s C.T. Weber were active players in all election-related legislation.
Unlike most minor party candidates, Feinstein understands politics and knows how to win. A co-founder of the Green Party of California, Feinstein has an ability to persuade voters of all political stripes and build a broad-based coalition — while staying true to his principles.
A former Santa Monica mayor and city councilman, Feinstein is once again running for a seat on the most progressive city council in the state. If he wins in November, Feinstein could easily be a contender for the State Assembly, State Senate, or even Congress. As Republican registration continue to decline, Democrats may need to shift their attention to the Green Party’s threat from the left.
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