Green Party press release on Arizona presidential debate

From, February 24th:


Phoenix, AZ—The Arizona Green Party (AZGP), and the Green Party of Maricopa County (GPMC), will co-host the Green Party Presidential Candidates’ Town Hall/Debate on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1:00pm at the Mesa Public Library (Main Branch), Saguaro Room (2nd Floor).

AZGP has qualified two of their presidential candidates, Kent Mesplay (, and Jill Stein (, for the Arizona Presidential Preference Election on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The two candidates have confirmed they will speak at the town hall. Angel Torres, AZGP state co-chair, stated, “This will be the third Green Party presidential candidate debate that we have hosted. 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.” AZGP previously hosted presidential candidate debates in 2008, and 2012.

Green Party presidential candidate Kent Mesplay is a retired air quality inspector and emergency shelter manager from Encinitas, California, with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Kent has been a member of the Green Party since 1995, and served as a California delegate to the Green Party-US National Committee from 2004 to 2015. He is of Blackfoot ancestry. Kent previously sought the Green Party presidential nomination in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Dr. Mesplay stated, “I’m seeking the Green Party presidential nomination to help with Native American pride, protect Indigenous rights, get the treaties supported, and to grow the Green Party. I urge Arizonans to grow more of their own food, and enact local solutions for survival and sustainability.”

Dr. Jill Stein is a mother, physician, a teacher of internal medicine, and an environmental-health advocate from Lexington, Massachusetts. She is a member of the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts. Jill was the Green Party’s presidential nominee in 2012. In addition, she was her state Green Party’s candidate for Governor in 2002, a Green Party candidate for State Representative in 2004, and a Green Party candidate for Secretary of State in 2006. Dr. Stein stated, “A political revolution is stirring in America as people look for alternatives to a political establishment that has failed them. As the only political party that has not been poisoned by corporate money, the Green Party provides a new way forward. Our very survival depends on building new Green alliances that value people, planet and peace over profits.”

Dr. Mesplay and Dr. Stein will be in Tucson, Thursday, March 10, 2016, and in Phoenix, Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, 2016. The two Green Party presidential candidates are in Arizona to:

· Help build and grow the state Green Party

· Recruit volunteers, supporters, and donors for their respective campaigns

· Get Out the Vote (GOTV) amongst Green Party voters for the Arizona Presidential Preference Election on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

Seating is limited for the March 12th Town Hall, so folks interested in attending are encouraged to register/RSVP using the Eventbrite link: For more information, call the AZGP voicemail at (602)417-0213, or e-mail: .

The mission of the Arizona Green Party (AZGP) is to build and sustain an alternative, progressive political party that promotes and practices the Ten Key Values. We do not accept corporate donations and uniquely rely on the generosity of individual donors and volunteers. The four pillars of the Green Party are: Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom, and Non-violence.


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