SF Green Party Candidate Questionnaire, June 2006 elections
>> Candidate name
>> Office sought
United States Senator
>> Election date
June 6th. If I win that day, November 7th.
>> Campaign manager
>> other paid staff
>> # of volunteers
At least half a dozen people gathered signatures for me. It is still
early in the campaign and we are just beginning to organize our
volunteer effort. There are lots of people with copies of my flier
showing it to their friends.
>> $ raised to date
about $280 as of March 5th.
>> Have you ever sought office before?
>> if yes, when, what office and what party
were you registered with?
1992 - 5th Congressional District (Sacramento), Green Party Candidate
(the incumbent was Robert Matsui). I did it as a way of expressing my opposition to the
Persian Gulf War. Mainly it was all about telling everybody I could we
need to MEND OUR FUELISH WAYS. I received about
4200 votes. At the time I was the only Green Party Congressional
Candidate north of Santa Barbara in CA. We had no statewide Candidates
at that time.
1994 - 1st City Council District, Sacramento. I ran on a platform of WE
NEED BETTER BUS SERVICE, coming in 2nd with 22% of the vote.
>> How long have you been registered with the Green Party?
Since a peace march during the first gulf war (1991) when a woman who
was helping get the Green Party on the ballot walked up to me and asked
"Want to join a political party based on peace, justice, and ecological
>> In one paragraph, describe the recruitment efforts for your
>> (max 150 words)
What recruitment effort? I looked at the list of guys running for
Senator and thought "I'd rather vote for myself than either of those
guys." Then I sat down and made up a flier. When I started handing them
out to people the "I like it" responses kept me going. Now my name is
on the ballot and I'm going to see it through.
As for my recruiting volunteers, I'm trying to run a clean campaign
that focuses on spreading the word on Climate Change in word and deed.
When people volunteer to do something for my campaign, I take them up
on it if at all possible. So far I've had at least half a dozen people
do something for my campaign.
>> What have you accomplished as a Green that brings you the
>> run for the Green nomination for the office you seek?
A lot of people know what my issue is and how I work on it, but that
hasn't translated into titles I can put down here. Remember the guy in
the green party hat explaining the climate change issue with the MEND
YOUR FUELISH WAYS stickers? That's me. Do you know anybody else that
knows the Green Party as well?
>> What is your favorite of the 10 key values (list below)
>> · Grassroots Democracy
>> · Ecological Wisdom
>> · Social Justice
>> · Nonviolence
>> · Decentralization
>> · Community-Based Economics
>> · Feminism
>> · Respect for Diversity
>> · Global Responsibility
>> · Sustainability
I prefer the version of the list with "future focus" instead of
"sustainability" and "post patriarchal
values" instead of "feminism". I'm not sure if ecological wisdom or
grassroots democracy are my favorite, but the way my activism works I
honor both of them every day.
>> What are the major issues you will raise through your
Dont be fuelish - we need to stop voting for oil companies at the gas
pump. Impeach Bush - because of Illegal wiretapping, and exploiting
9/11 to promote needless (and counterproductive) war and a
dysfunctional Department of Homeland Security.
Good ethics is the way to the solution - we need to make
the world perceive that being a good citizen carries more water than
being a Republican Incumbent.
>> What are your campaign's goals (win, increase Green voter
>> registration, raise key issues, spoil, etc.)
My primary goal is to get as many votes as possible using sustainable
technology, volunteer effort, and small contributions. I would love to
win the Green Party primary. That would mean a great summer and fall
working crowds and speaking out on the need to stop wasting energy. The
most important thing is to have fun.
Do I expect to get elected in November? No.
>> Diversity- please check all that apply:
>> Non white
>> Youth (under 35)
>> Other- please explain
(checks other) I'm not in any of the easy to define categories, but I
haven't met a lot of other people in the same category as myself.
>> What strategies will your campaign use to get your message out?
Mostly me doing what I can handing out fliers, answering
questionnaires, responding to opportunities I can find. Spreading the
word through viral mediums like my website, bumper stickers, and
buttons. I take advantage of voluntary contributions from people who
want to help. I'm aware that I am my campaign's #1 volunteer, and I am
doing everything I can to make this effort succeed.
>> FEDERAL (US SENATE AND CONGRESS)
>> *How many articles of impeachment should be drawn up against
>> what should they be?*
The four major failings that I can think of right now are:
Failing to investigate 9/11 promptly.
Illegal wiretapping of Americans.
Lying about Iraq's WMD capabilities.
Stealing elections in 2000 and 2004.
Each of these probably boils down to multiple crimes the administration
needs to answer for, but all of them are worth introducing legislation
>> Please pick a few of the following issues and explain your
>> Campaign finance reform
I'm told that Bush's biggest backers are in the oil industry.
Essentially they bought the Republican Party. Getting incumbents to
write and pass legislation that will actually change things for the
better is asking them to "commit job suicide" or "bite the hand that
feeds them". I urge people to stop voting for oil companies at the gas
pump. We need to make "green politics" the politics of the marketplace,
and we need to develop consensus in the voting public that a
sustainable future is worth working for in our daily lives.
I am pro choice.
I am deeply aware that Corporations trace their personhood to "Pacific
Railroad vs. Santa Clara County", that being Santa Clara County,
California. I'm also deeply aware that the biggest Helium balloons in
known history were the airships that docked at Moffett Field in Santa
Clara County California back in the days before they invented naval
aircraft carriers. Nowadays this place is home to Silicon Valley, where
many Corporations start out as ideas and some of them (a small
percentage) make their founders rich. I would like to see "obeying the
law" for entrepreneurs developing their own companies be an inert good
idea, meaning it doesn't hurt in the sense that talking through a lung
full of helium doesn't hurt but is noticeably
different from "exhaling normal air". Some of the things I have seen
done in the name of "making a buck" should never have been tolerated. I
think that if good ethics was a key part of corporate oversight at
every level from janitor to the top of the management team we would be
headed in the right direction more predictably.
I have fantasies about causing some sort of free speech case that
causes the Supreme Court to vote green and rule "California isn't like
anywhere else" which gives us some kind of standing that makes those
corporate leaders that don't think what I'm doing is important wish
they had been more open minded....
I worked for Measure J in Mountain View, a ballot initiative that
raised property taxes to pay for education. I think local government
should have way more to do with education than Washington. The big
change needed is less spending on the Pentagon so there is more money
left over for education.
Don't be fuelish! I am painfully aware of the many ways the energy
issue underlies everything about the way our world works. The biggest
use of energy in California is pumping water around. Another big use is
agriculture. Don't get me started on the many ways we use energy in our
everyday lives. My preferred
solution is to ask people to edit their habits on an ongoing basis with
an eye towards making them more energy efficient. This is one area
where they proved in the 1970s that mandating the solution from
Washington is likely to backfire. We need marketplace solution where
there is win-win that starts with doing the right thing (meaning not
We need broad consciousness of the role of stewardship in our daily
Single payer healthcare!
We need density along transit. Sprawl has got to stop! One of the big
tragedies in our world is that it is so hard to live a little life.
Everybody "needs" to buy a big home, so they need to pay a big
mortgage. Before you know it nobody can afford to make a living making
stuff. Everybody needs to make a killing, and we end up with a dog eat
dog rat race. Affordable housing and doable jobs on transit would go a
long way towards turning it around. I support the initiative to raise
the minimum wage that Barry Hermanson is pushing as another way of
working on the problem.
>> Presidio/Privatization of public resources
Definitely the rich should be paying more taxes then they seem to under
Bush. How to do that, I'm not sure...
Everybody is somebody's terrorist. Far too much of "the war on
terrorism" is a smokescreen for the Bush Administration to get what it
wants. The many terror alerts seem to me to be more crying wolf than
valuable public service. Any form of violence is
criminal and should be punished as a crime. This includes the acts of
war criminals who use military (or police) means to accomplish
political ends. Politics should be a game where influence is much more
powerful than force, and it only comes when voluntary listeners "get
where you are coming from."
We need more bike lanes, transit, and urban areas with the feel of San
Francisco. Leave farm country to the farmers!
War is bad. Oil wars are really bad. My Great-Great-Grandfather died on
a Civil War battlefield after many years of reliable service to the
Indiana Militia. My Grandfather was a Doughboy in WW I. His attitude
was "If we declare war, the Harters should be first in line at the
recruiting station." My father and both of my uncles served in WW II. I
remember the arguments between my father and grandfather about Vietnam.
My father had been there and saw the reasons for the war were a pack of
lies to push a greedy hidden agenda. He was happy that I was too young
to go. I'm fighting this oil war in every ethical way I can think of.
Please join me in this struggle!