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Alyson Kennedy (born June 11, 1950) is an American activist, a member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) she is a former candidate for the 2019 Dallas mayoral election. She was the SWP's nominee for President in the 2016 United States presidential election, as well as Vice President in the 2008 United States presidential election.

Alyson Kennedy
Personal details
Born (1950-06-11) June 11, 1950 (age 69)
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Political partySocialist Workers Party


Early life and candidaciesEdit

Originally from Indianapolis, Kennedy joined the socialist movement in 1973 in Louisville, Kentucky. She has worked in coal mines in Alabama, Colorado, Utah, and West Virginia.

In 1977 she ran as the SWP candidate for mayor of Cleveland, Ohio against incumbent Republican Ralph Perk, garnering 1,225 votes and losing by a wide margin to Dennis Kucinich.[1] She first joined the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) in 1981, and was one of the leaders of a strike in Utah 2004,[2] also being involved in litigation.[3] In 2000, she ran for United States Senate as a certified write-in candidate in a race prompted by the death of candidate and former Governor of Missouri Mel Carnahan.[4]

2008 Presidential electionEdit

The ticket campaigned for young voters especially.[5] At the head of the ticket were two different candidates, Roger Calero and James Harris; Harris was an alternate in some states because Calero was Constitutionally ineligible because he is a lawful permanent resident of the United States (holding a green card), and not a US Citizen. They were the first pair to qualify for the ballot in Louisiana[6] Calero/Kennedy won 5,127 votes and Harris/Kennedy 2,424.[7]

2016 Presidential electionEdit

On February 12, 2016, Kennedy was announced as the nominee for president on the Socialist Workers Party ticket alongside Osborne Hart.[8] Kennedy is the second woman to be the presidential nominee of the SWP and the first since Linda Jenness.[9] She was on the ballot in seven states: Utah, Louisiana, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee, Washington and New Jersey.[10]

2019 Dallas mayoral electionEdit

In January 2019, Kennedy declared her candidacy in the 2019 Dallas mayoral election,[11] advocating for the improvement of the public transit system, a public jobs program to provide "union-scale wages", and for the Dallas Police Department to address claims of police brutality, pointing to the killing of Botham Jean as an example of such claims.[11]


  1. ^ "Cleveland Election Upsets Perk". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 53 (238). October 5, 1977. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  2. ^ Erickson, Tiffany (July 3, 2004). "Miners plan to return to their jobs". Deseret News. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  3. ^ "INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF UNITED WORKERS UNION v. United Mine Workers of America, Dist. Court, D. Utah, Central Div. 2005". Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  4. ^ Sloca, Paul (November 4, 2000). "State election officials seek to clarify Carnahan". Southeast Missourian. 4A. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  5. ^ Russell, Julia (October 24, 2008). "Airing 'Excluded' Third Party Views". The Diamondback. Archived from the original on February 27, 2012. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  6. ^ Chacko, Sarah (August 12, 2008). "Socialist Workers Party runs presidential candidate in La". The Advocate. 8A. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
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  8. ^ "Join the Socialist Workers Party 2016 US presidential campaign!". The Militant. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  9. ^ Winger, Richard (February 13, 2016). "Socialist Workers Party Announces National Ticket". Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  10. ^ Powell, Chris (August 3, 2016). "Who is on the presidential ballot where?". Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "A 2016 presidential candidate is running for Dallas mayor". Dallas News. January 14, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2019.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Arrin Hawkins
Socialist Workers Party nominee for
Vice Presidential

Succeeded by
Maura DeLuca
Preceded by
James Harris
Roger Calero
Socialist Workers Party nominee for
President of the United States

Succeeded by