The Green Party of the United States is set to nominate Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates at their National Convention being held in Baltimore, Maryland this weekend.
About 275 delegates pre-registered to attend the convention, and organizers say as many as 400 could show up.
Jill Stein, a doctor and public health advocate, clinched the nomination by winning 30 of 33 Green Party presidential primaries as one of five candidates. She is to be officially named the nominee Saturday in Baltimore.
Stein, a Massachusetts resident and former candidate for governor, recently named Cheri Honkala, national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, as her choice for vice president.
Stein was inspired to take up politics by environmental health epidemics but the centerpiece of Stein’s run is a Green New Deal meant to create 25 million jobs by fostering renewable energy, conservation and energy efficiency efforts like weatherization.
The Green Party has qualified for matching funds from the feds, up to donations of $250.
Green Party officials say they expect their candidates to be on the ballot in more than 40 states in November.
Ralph Nader ran as the Green Party candidate in both 1996 and 2000. In 1996, Nader received 0.71% of the popular vote.
In 2000, Nader and his running mate Winona LaDuke received 2,883,105 votes, for 2.74 percent of the popular vote, missing the 5 percent needed to qualify the Green Party for federally distributed public funding in the 2004 election, yet qualifying the Greens for ballot status in many states.
In 2004, David Cobb was the Green’s Presidential candidate, Pat LaMarche was the Vice-Presidential candidate, receiving just 119,859 votes or 0.096 percent of the national popular vote.
And in 2008, Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente, the Green Party candidates, received just 161,603 votes or 0.12 percent of the national vote.
Jill Stein won’t be getting the endorsement of Ralph Nader this year, however.
The former Green Party presidential nominee has already endorsed Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party for president.
“Ralph Nader is backing Rocky Anderson for president,” Current TV reported in May, “because Rocky had ‘a very, very progressive record’ when mayor of Salt Lake City and because he was a constitutional lawyer, a civil rights lawyer, a candidate of conscience for voters of conscience.”
The Justice Party claims to have registered with 22 states but seems unlikely to achieve ballot access on most of those states’ ballots – as of June, Anderson had made the November ballot in just three states.