The 1:00 p.m. event at the Mesa Public Library is hosted by the Arizona Green Party and the Green Party of Maricopa County. State co-chair Angel Torres said, “This will be the third Green Party presidential candidate debate that we have hosted [following 2008 and 2012]. Our registered Greens should take advantage of this opportunity to attend, and find out where the candidates stand on the important issues facing Arizona, our nation, and our world.”
Mesplay and Stein will both be campaigning in Arizona March 10-12. The primary is on March 22. (Green Party Watch, Ferbruary 24th)
About Kent Mesplay, from Wikipedia:
Kent Mesplay (born July 19, 1962) is an American activist and perennial candidate with the Green Party of the United States. Mesplay, who has been a member of the Green Party of California since 1995, sought the Green Party’s presidential nomination in 2004, 2008, 2012 and is seeking the nomination in 2016.
Mesplay was born to American parents on July 19, 1962 in Madang, Papua New Guinea. He was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Mira Mesa Senior High School in 1980. He is also a graduate of Harvey Mudd College and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University. He works as an air quality inspector in San Diego County, California.
In 2008, which was Mesplay’s 2nd run for President, he finished 4th in Arkansas, 5th in California, 6th in the District of Columbia and 3rd in Illinois. Mesplay finished in 4th place with a total of 35 delegates at the 2008 Green National Convention.
In 2012, Mesplay finished in second place in the Arizona Green Party primary. He appeared on NBC San Diego to discuss ballot access problems and the Green Party presidential nomination process. Mesplay finished in third place with 17 total delegates.
In 2016, Mesplay is one of 5 candidates recognized by the GPUS. He will be on the presidential primary ballots in Arizona, California and Massachusetts.