2010 is fast approaching. For the Green Party of New York State that means a chance to regain ballot status. We need to find a slate of candidates who will best represent our core values and also excite the people of NY. We are hoping to announce our candidates by February 2010, which means we need to start thinking about the selection process now.
Our candidate for Governor is the key to future ballot access. If s/he receives at least 50,000 votes then all GP candidates for all offices in NY State will have ballot status in subsequent elections, at least until the next race for Governor, without the onerous petitioning requirements we have now. (Ballot-status parties have dramatically reduced petitioning requirements.) Ballot status also gives us more standing politically when we ask to be included in debates, seek coverage in the news media, etc.
In addition to a candidate for Governor our statewide slate should include Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, and two US Senate campaigns. (Chuck Schumer is up for re-election in 2010 and there will also be an election for the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton when she became US Secretary of State).
We’re asking Greens from around NY to help us find candidates who are up to the challenge ahead. Each should be willing and able to campaign everywhere in NY, a state with a large and diverse geography. Individuals need not have statewide name recognition, at least not at the outset. We have also had good experiences with candidates who are less well-known at the start. What’s most important is to find those who can deliver a strong message that resonates with voters who might be sympathetic to the goals and perspectives of the Green Party.
We hope that several possibilities will emerge for each office, giving NY Greens an opportunity to select the candidates best suited to act as our spokespeople during the campaign and, if elected, as our representatives while in office.
Please discuss possibilities with your families, friends, political associates. Each member of the Green Party should freely approach individuals to find out if they might be willing to put their names forward. If there are people you think would be good candidates, and if they are willing to run, please ask them to submit their names and contact info to Campaign Committee Co-chairs Gloria Mattera at [email protected] or Michael Emperor at [email protected]
Feel free to contact Michael Emperor at 347-403-0892 if you have any questions about this letter or about the process of Green Party state-wide candidate selection for 2010.
Gloria Mattera & Michael Emperor
Campaign Committee of GPNYS