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Pennsylvania Greens Will Attempt Statewide Petition Drive in 2010

Published on February 28, 2010, by in General.

The Pennsylvania Green Party held a state nominating convention February 20-21 near Pittsburgh, and nominated a candidate for U.S. Senate, one for U.S. House, and four state house candidates. The party will attempt to place all its nominees on the 2010 ballot.

The U.S. Senate candidate, Mel Packer, needs 19,056 valid signatures, due August 2. The petition may not circulate until March 10. If the Green Party statewide petition succeeds, this will be the first time the party has appeared on the statewide ballot in Pennsylvania since 2004. The U.S. House candidate, Ed Bortz, is running in the 14th district, in Pittsburgh. The state house candidates are Roy Farrington in the 76th district, Jay Sweeney in the 111st, Rex D’Agostino in the 183rd, and Hugh Giordano in the 194th.

4 Responses

  1. Andy

    I wonder if the Libertarian Party is going to go for ballot access in Pennsylvania for 2010. It seems to me that this would be a good year to go for it since the signature requirement is a bit lower than usual for Pennsylvania this time.

  2. Mik Robertson

    The Pennsylvania Libertarian Party will certainly go for ballot access in 2010, and if statewide candidates are nominated in convention on March 27, we will go for statewide ballot access as well.

    It appears as of now that there will be at least four LP Congressional candidates (3rd, 5th, 12th, 18th Districts) and a number of state legislature candidates in both houses. There will also be Libertarian candidate in the special election in the 12th Congressional District to replace John Murtha to be held May 18th.

    There are about 10 candidates who have expressed an interest in seeking the LP nomination for US Senate in Pennsylvania, so it is likely that statewide ballot access will be necessary. Pennsylvanians will also elect a Governor and Lt. Governor in November.

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