2020 Green Party presidential primaries

The 2020 Green Party presidential primaries will be a series of primary elections, caucuses and state conventions in which voters elect delegates to represent a candidate for the Green Party's nominee for President of the United States at the 2020 Green National Convention. The primaries, to be held in numerous U.S. states on various dates from early spring into early summer of 2020, will feature elections publicly funded, concurrent with the Democratic Party and Republican Party primaries, and elections privately funded by the Green Party, to be held non-concurrently with the major party primaries.

Green Party presidential primaries, 2020

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402 Delegate votes to the Green National Convention
202 Delegate votes needed to win
  Hawkins 2010.jpg Dario Hunter headshot.jpg
Candidate Howie Hawkins Dario Hunter
Home state New York California
Estimated delegate count 0 0
Contests won 0 0
Popular vote N/A N/A
Percentage N/A N/A

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Candidate David Rolde Others / Uncommitted
Home state Massachusetts N/A
Estimated delegate count 0 0
Contests won 0 0
Popular vote N/A N/A
Percentage N/A N/A

Previous Green nominee

Jill Stein



There will be 402 delegates elected to the Green National Convention. A candidate will need a simple majority of these delegates, in addition to formal recognition, to become the Green Party's nominee in the 2020 presidential election.[1][2]

BackgroundEdit

Former nomineesEdit

The former Green Party presidential nominees, in chronological order, are consumer advocate Ralph Nader, political activist David Cobb, congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and political activist Jill Stein. Both Nader and Stein received the nomination for president twice from the Green Party. The former vice presidential nominees of the Green Party are environmentalist and economist Winona LaDuke, political activist Pat LaMarche, organizer and hip-hop activist Rosa Clemente, National Coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign Cheri Honkala, and human rights activist Ajamu Baraka. In 2016, LaDuke became the first Native American woman and Green Party candidate to receive an Electoral College vote for Vice President.[3]

The vice presidential nominees from the preceding 2016 and 2012 elections, Baraka and Honkala, have endorsed Howie Hawkins for president.[4]

CandidatesEdit

Candidates included are those who have at some point been considered active by the party's Presidential Campaign Support Committee.[5] Holding an active status does not mean the candidate has received official recognition from the party.

On July 24, 2019, the Green Party of the United States officially recognized Howie Hawkins' campaign.[6] Nearly a month later, Dario Hunter's campaign was also recognized.[7] In February of 2020, David Rolde's campaign met the requirements for recognition.

The remaining candidates may obtain formal recognition after meeting the established criteria by the party's Presidential Campaign Support Committee.[8]

Declared candidatesEdit

Candidate Experience Home state Campaign Projected Delegates Delegations with Plurality Ref
Candidates formally recognized by GPUS
 
Howie Hawkins
Activist; co-founder of the Green Party
Socialist Party USA nominee for President in 2020[9]
Nominee for Governor of New York in 2010, 2014, 2018
Nominee for U.S. representative from NY-25 in 2008
Nominee for U.S. Senate from New York in 2006
 
New York
 
Campaign
Exploratory committee:
April 3, 2019

Campaign: May 28, 2019
FEC filing[10]
0 / 402
0 [11][12][13]
 
Dario Hunter
Youngstown Board of Education member (2016–2020)  
California
 
Exploratory committee:
January 21, 2019

Campaign: February 18, 2019
FEC filing[14]
0 / 402
0 [15]
 
David Rolde
Activist  
Massachusetts
Campaign: July 14, 2019
FEC filing[16]
0 / 402
0 [17][18]
Other candidates
 
Dennis Lambert
Documentary filmmaker
Candidate for U.S. representative from OH-15 in 2016
Nominee for U.S. representative from OH-06 in 2014
 
Ohio
Campaign: May 10, 2019
FEC filing[19]
0 / 402
0 [20][21]
 
Kent Mesplay
Inspector at the Air Pollution Control District of San Diego County (2001–2015)
Candidate for President in 2008, 2012 and 2016
 
California
Campaign: December 14, 2019
Has not filed with the FEC
0 / 402
0 [22]
 
Sedinam Moyowasifza-Curry
Activist
Candidate for President in 2016
 
California
Campaign: July 29, 2015
FEC filing[23]
0 / 402
0 [24]
 
Chad Wilson
Activist  
Tennessee
Campaign: June 8, 2019
[citation needed]
FEC filing[25]
0 / 402
0 [26]


Withdrawn candidatesEdit

Candidate Experience Home state Campaign Ref
 
Ian Schlakman
Former co-chair of the Maryland Green Party
Nominee for Governor of Maryland in 2018
Nominee for U.S. representative from MD-02 in 2014
 
Maryland
Campaign: December 3, 2018
FEC filing[27]
Suspended: October 18, 2019
[28][29]


Declined to be candidatesEdit

The following individuals had been the subject of speculation as being possible candidates, but have publicly denied interest in running.

DebatesEdit

 
 
G1
St. Paul
 
G2
Salem
 
G3
Springfield
 
G4
Muncie
 
G5
Boise
 
G6
Fresno
Sites of the Green presidential debates

The Green Party's Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC) hosted a presidential forum on July 26 during the party's 2019 Annual National Meeting. All other debates and forums have been organized by state Green Parties and caucuses.

Candidates have not needed official party recognition to participate in the debates held as of January 2020; only a letter of interest and candidate questionnaire was required. Official recognition is outlined in the party's bylaws and is used to distinguish serious candidates.[32]

ScheduleEdit

No. Date Time (ET) Place Sponsor(s) Moderators Ref
1 July 19, 2019 5:00-7:00 p.m. Dayton's Bluff Rec. Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Green Party of Minnesota Danielle Swift, St. Paul City Council candidate [33]
2 July 26, 2019 6:30–8:30 p.m. Salem State University
Salem, Massachusetts
GPUS Presidential Campaign Support Committee Dr. Jill Stein
Margaret Kimberley, Journalist
[34]
3 August 11, 2019 9:15-11:00 a.m. Coyote's Adobe Cafe
Springfield, Missouri
Missouri Green Party Ron Burch, Master of Ceremonies [35]
4 September 20, 2019 6:00–8:00 p.m. Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana
GPUS Black Caucus Monica James, Master of Ceremonies [36]
5 October 19, 2019 3:30-5:00 p.m. Gem Center for the Arts
Boise, Idaho
Green Party of Idaho Jayson Prettyboy of Indigenous Idaho Alliance [37]
6 December 7, 2019 3:30-5:00 p.m Revue Coffee Bar
Fresno, California
Green Party of California Not Safe For Wonks Podcast [38]

ParticipationEdit

Debates among candidates for the 2020 Green Party U.S. presidential nomination
Date State Host Participants
 P  Participant.  A  Absent.  O  Out of race (exploring, suspended, or not yet entered) Curry Hawkins Hunter Lambert Mesplay Rolde Schlakman Wilson
July 19, 2019[39] Minnesota Green Party of Minnesota P P P A O P P O
July 26, 2019[40] Massachusetts GPUS Presidential Campaign Support Committee P P P P O P P O
August 11, 2019[35] Missouri Missouri Green Party A P P P O P A O
September 20, 2019[36] Indiana GPUS Black Caucus A P P P O P P P
October 19, 2019[37] Idaho Green Party of Idaho P P P P O P P P
December 7, 2019 California Green Party of California P P P P O P O P

TimelineEdit

Active campaigns
Exploratory committee
Withdrawn
candidate
Midterm elections
Green convention
Ian SchlakmanDario HunterHowie Hawkins 2020 presidential campaignSedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry 

2018Edit

  • December 14: Former Maryland Green Party co-chair Ian Schlakman became the first Green Party candidate filed with the FEC to announce their presidential bid for the 2020 election, the first presidential election he qualified for[28]

2019Edit

2020Edit

Primary and caucus calendarEdit

The following primary and caucus dates have been scheduled by state statutes or state party decisions, but are subject to change pending legislation, state party delegate selection plans, or the decisions of state secretaries of state:[47]

Date Delegates[48] Primaries/Caucuses/Conventions
February 22 4 Georgia convention[49]
February 25 6 Minnesota caucus[50]
February 29 7 Ohio convention[51]
March 3
(Super Tuesday)
58 43
11
4
California primary
Massachusetts primary
North Carolina primary
March 10 7 Missouri primary[52]
March 19 12 Maine caucus[53]
April TBA 4 New Mexico convention
April 11 4 Wisconsin convention[54]
April 18 26 Texas convention[55]
April 28 11 Pennsylvania caucus[56]
May TBA 15 7
8
Colorado convention[57]
Maryland convention
May 12 5 West Virginia primary[58] (party-run primary)
May 16 21 New York convention[59]
May 23 5 Washington convention[60]
May 30 4 Mississippi convention[61]
June 2 4 District of Columbia primary
June 20 15 Michigan convention[62]
TBD 194 Remaining States, Territories, and Party Caucuses

Ballot accessEdit

Filing for the primaries began in October 2019.   indicates that the candidate is on the ballot for the upcoming primary contest,   indicates that the candidate is a recognized write-in candidate, and   indicates that the candidate will not appear on the ballot in that state's contest. Blanks indicate that a candidate is not yet known to be on the ballot but a final list of candidates eligible to appear on the ballot is not yet available. States that have not yet announced any candidates who are on the ballot are not included.

Primaries and Caucuses
State/
Territory
Date
Curry
Hawkins
Hunter
Lambert
Mesplay
Rolde
Wilson
Other
Ref
CA Mar 3                 [63]
MA Mar 3                 [64]
NC Mar 3                 [65]
MO Mar 10                 [52]
ME Mar 19 Ballot access not required [66]
PA Apr 28                 [67]
WV May 12                 [68]

EndorsementsEdit

Howie Hawkins
Local officials
Individuals
Organizations
Dario Hunter
Individuals
International politicians

Primary election pollingEdit

National pollingEdit

Poll source Sample size Date(s) Curry Hunter Schlakman Others
Third Party Watch[78] 501 Registered Green Voters March 10–14, 2019 8% 66% 26% N/A

Campaign financeEdit

This is an overview of the money used by each campaign as it is reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and released on January 31, 2020. Totals raised include loans from the candidate and transfers from other campaign committees.

  Withdrawn candidate
Candidate Total raised Individual contributions Debt Spent COH
Total Unitemized Pct
Howie Hawkins[79] $76,833 $72,761 $44,575 61.26% $29,405 $72,869 $3,965
Dario Hunter[80] $18,386 $8,856 $1,005 11.35% $0 $15,812 $2,551
Dennis Lambert[81] $2,353 $748 $748 100.00% $939 $862 $1,491
Kent Mesplay[82][a] $4,300 $0 $0 0.00% $18,903 $4,331 $1
Sedinam Moyowasifza-Curry[83] $600 $600 $350 58.33% $0 $410 $315
David Rolde[84] $6,936 $3,231 $0 0.00% $0 $4,734 $2,202
Ian Schlakman[85] filed statement of candidacy

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Mesplay's most recent financial report was for the period ending March 31, 2019.

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