DC Statehood Green Party Endorses Candidates for the April 1 Primary Election

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• Endorsed candidates: Eugene Puryear for At-Large Member of Council; David Schwartzman for Shadow U.S. Senator

• Party leaders demand equal participation for Statehood Green candidates in all forums sponsored by nonpartisan groups

WASHINGTON, DC — The DC Statehood Green Party is challenging non-aligned and nonpartisan organizations to include Statehood Green candidates in all candidates’ forums for which they are qualified.

The party has endorsed two of its candidates, Eugene Puryear for At-Large Member of City Council (http://www.EugenePuryear.com) and David Schwartzman for Shadow U.S. Senator (http://www.davidschwartzman.com).

Mr. Puryear will face G. Lee Aikin in a contest for the DC Statehood Green nomination in the April 1 primary election.

Statehood Greens recently protested a decision by DC for Democracy (http://www.dcfordemocracy.org) to limit a pre-primary forum on Jan. 29 for At-Large Councilmember candidates to Democrats.

Mr. Puryear and Ms. Aikin qualify for all At-Large candidates’ forums and debates sponsored by nonpartisan organizations, because they are competing for their party’s nomination.

The two Statehood Green candidates ignored the exclusion and took the stage at the Jan. 29 forum. Despite the moderator’s initial dismay, they were accepted into the At-Large Council candidates’ debate.

Mr. Puryear received thunderous applause from the audience at the historic 6th and I Synagogue, when he called for immediate and complete removal of the question about criminal records on job application forms (“Ban the Box”) and urged legalization of marijuana.

“I was pleased that my challenger and I were in the end able to participate in the forum hosted by DC for Democracy, but it should not be a battle for a party which has had been on the ballot in DC for decades now,” said Eugene Puryear.

“The claim that Washington, DC is a one-party town and that only one party’s candidates count is an affront to the democratic spirit of fair and open elections. DC voters deserve to know about all of the candidates, before and after the primaries,” added David Schwartzman.

The DC Statehood Green Party is an affiliate of the Green Party of the United States (http://www.gp.org), which endorses DC statehood in its platform. The national platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties do not endorse DC statehood.

Endorsement of statehood for DC was removed from the Democratic platform in 2004 and remained missing in 2008 or 2012. The DC Statehood Green Party has criticized this omission, as well as attempts by some Democratic candidates and elected officials to draw a false equation between voting representation in Congress (“DC voting rights”) and self-governance (DC statehood).

Statehood Greens have protested other instances of apparent bias against their candidates. In 2012, the party called attention to a Washington Post “Voters Guide” published on Nov. 1, 2012, in which party membership was omitted for all Statehood Green candidates ().

The DC Statehood Green Party has major party status and ballot access in Washington, DC. In 2012 and other general elections, Statehood Green candidates have collectively received more votes than Republican candidates, leading many to call Statehood Greens “DC’s Second Party” in terms of election day numbers. The party accepts no corporate contributions.

MORE INFORMATION

DC Statehood Green Party
http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org
http://dcsgp.yolasite.com

Green Party of the United States
http://www.gp.org

8 thoughts on “DC Statehood Green Party Endorses Candidates for the April 1 Primary Election

  1. G. Lee Aikin

    The DC for Democracy forum was an interesting experience. All day, a number of us, including some noted Democrats, had been trying to convince them that it was not democratic to restrict the forum to only Democrat At Large candidates. When I arrived a little late I did not know the final result of the day’s email negotiations, so when At Large was called I marched up to the podium and sat down. Eugene’s supporters quickly urged him to go up too. When we gave our 1 minute introductory statement I explained the situation and said that if the audience wanted me to leave, I would, but a number called out “stay.” David Schwartzman has called it my Rosa Parks moment.

    Two years ago I ran for “Shadow” Representative to Congress and received more than 31,000 votes. Almost 13%, with our party only having about 4,000 members. Eugene was an active member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and is still on their board, and only joined SGP in November. As reported in the Wiki link provided below they frequently use other parties like our own SGP because lacking ballot status it is a lot of work to get enough nominating petition signatures to run on their own party. In 2008 Eugene was that party’s VP candidate and that party received 6,821 votes in 12 states.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Party_for_Socialism_and_Liberation

    As a 50 year resident of DC, who has worked, raised children, owned a home and car, and dealt with many of the agencies of DC government which cause our residents grief, I believe I have the maturity and experience to work well on the Council. Please read my blog: gleeaikin.blogspot.com, to see where I am coming from.

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