(The following was originally published in NewsWorks.)
The Green Party’s nominee for governor says he failed to gather enough petition signatures to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot.
Paul Glover said Friday that his supporters gathered about 14,000 signatures out of the nearly 17,000 that were required. Friday was the deadline for potential third-party candidates.
(The following was originally published in Philly Now.)
It’s in a basement bar in West Philadelphia that Paul Glover says he’s starting to feel like a real candidate for governor.
For the last hour and a half, about 15 volunteers with the Green Party of Pennsylvania have been organizing, counting and notarizing signatures to be filed with Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State so Glover can run for governor against Democrat Tom Wolf and Republican Tom Corbett this fall.
After several months of work, it’s the final week before the state requires independent parties hand in their signatures, and up until now, no one was quite sure how many the Green Party had collected statewide. Now, everyone’s got an idea—and, with nervous optimism, it looks like Glover will reach the threshold.
The people in the basement of Cavanaugh’s University City represent a small portion of the small Green Party of Philadelphia which, like third parties all over the U.S., is made up of people whose first job is definitely not politics, and whose politics are wholeheartedly outside the mainstream, both in terms of their societal ideas and their continued thoughts on America’s two-party system.
(The following was originally published on Green Party Watch.)
The Pennsylvania Green Party is in the home stretch of a campaign to gather 17,000 signatures to put Paul Glover for Governor and Wendy Lynne Lee for Lt. Governor on the ballot. Signatures must be submitted by July 25th.
It would be quite an achievement to get a Green ticket on the top of the ballot in Pennsylvania, which has become notorious in recent years for its anti-democratic and punitive ballot access laws. The state of Pennsylvania is still attempting to collect a fine of over $80,000 from 2006 Green US Senate candidate Carl Romanelli after throwing Romanelli off the ballot, and the state was cited by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (set up by the Helsinki Accords for human rights) for its repression of political rights.
From the Glover for Governor campaign:
The Green Party is required to gather 17,000 signatures to get on the ballot, while Democrats and Republicans needed 2,000 signatures.
We can mail you petitions and they can be downloaded (14″ legal size paper- 2 sided) from http://www.gpofpa.org/2014_petitions
THANKS if you’ve offered to gather some signatures on our nominating petition. Call us to get petitions or to deliver them: 215 805-8330. Please return them by July 25th so we can prepare them to file in Harrisburg.
Campaign posters at http://www.pinterest.com/paul5glover/pins
Sponsor petitions for $20 a piece: