New Parties To Launch Historic Initiative, Eye 2016 Ballot
Oklahoma City - On Monday, June 15, the Oklahoma Libertarian and Greens parties will launch an unprecedented, joint petitioning campaign for the 2016 election ballot. Party leaders will hold a brief news conference with the media at 4 p.m. in the first-floor rotunda of the Oklahoma State Capitol building; thereafter, party leaders will proceed to the state election board office, room B6, to file their intentions.
The Libertarian Part of Oklahoma is seeking state recognition for the first time since 2000, when Harry Browne was voters' last non-major-party option for US president. Greens, meanwhile, have never placed a party-label candidate on the ballot. Their closest attempt came in support of Ralph Nader's best run in 2000; however, the drive moved the state's loose confederation of local chapters to unite as the first state Green Party of Oklahoma in 2004. Both parties now hope their newly formed alliance can take advantage of the state's lowest petition signature requirement since 1974.
Anyone interested in volunteering for this historic petition drive is invited to attend a free training event, from 1 – 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, in Oklahoma City.
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Green Party candidate in Ohio pursuing 2016 Senate bid
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Green Party candidate in Ohio is pursuing a bid for U.S. Senate in 2016.
Joseph DeMare, who announced his candidacy on Earth Day, April 22, says he's receiving good response while trying to collect the necessary 500 signatures to qualify for Ohio's spring primary ballot. The Greens secured minor party status in 2014 when their gubernatorial candidate, Anita Rios, received 3 percent of the vote.
DeMare is a machinist from Bowling Green. He says he wants to "break the stranglehold" of the two-party system. Green candidates don't accept money from corporations or corporate PACs.
If his efforts are successful, DeMare could potentially pull votes from two Democrats seeking to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman next year: former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Cincinnati councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.