For months now my
email has had stories about Jeremy Cloward for Congress as a Green
Party Candidate for Tauscher's seat. First they got him on the ballot,
then he made the runoff. Then Craig told me they were having a fund
raiser, so I thought I'd go check it out.
Concord is more than three hours from
Mountain View by public transportation, so I don't go up there often.
While BART was stopped in Lafayette, I noticed these crosses beyond the
station. I remember somebody telling me that the local Veterans For
Peace put them out on Saturday afternoons, one for each casualty of
Cloward is a first time candidate, and
is using the special election to get things going for a run next year.
He is a political science professor and family man. The district he is
running in covers most of Contra Costa County, with a little piece of
western Sacramento County.
The fundraiser was billed as a "sock hop", so we did some of that. I
was dancing at that time, so no pictures of that.
Highlights from his speech include that "we need to cut the pentagon
budget to one
sixth what it currently is". He also spoke in favor of single payer
health care. For
more information please click here to visit his website
Then Craig asked us to write checks to
support the campaign.
After the speech I asked Cristy how
they had gotten
Cloward to run. She said they had held a training for prospective
candidates a few months earlier. Cloward had shown up, planning to run
next year. When the special election came along he had decided to go
for it now.
Before I left I went to shake Jeremy
Cloward's hand. He told me he was going to win. I told him that I felt
like I won when I voted for Carol Brouillet, just because I knew I was
voting for someone that wasn't a big accomplice to war crimes, the way
most of the incumbents and major Republicrat Candidates clearly are.