Laura gave a nice candidate speech. She
showed us her new campaign newsletter/flier that her daughter had made,
and went over the main points on it biefly. One side talks about the
need to reform Prop. 13, and the other about California's need for a
State Bank to fix the way money works here. She said that for anybody
that wanted a stack of 100 of them to share with friends and neighbors
she had it at the back table. (I got a stack of the things. If you want
one let me know the address to send it to.)
Deacon started with "This campaign
started on Skid Row, and it's going to end on Skid Row." He wanted to
explain something about homelessness to us, but he only had ten minutes
on the stage for everything, and that would take an hour by itself.
Then he explained something about how he isn't there to challenge
Laura, but rather using the Green Party candidate status as a pulpit to
make some statement to the leadership within the Black Church. He also
talked about how he was looking forward to working with us to get a
real rainbow crowd to show up for our speak-a-thon in the park in a
couple of months.
During Q&A my question was "Can you
guys pose for a picture together?" As you can see, they did a good job.
Paul Alan is our last minute candidate
for Attorney General. He explained that he is a San Diego based water
rights attourney whe has done a lot of work with the Sierra Club. In
the distant past he spent some time working as a prosecutor. Since
deciding to run he has put most of his effort into getting his name on
the ballot, but he expects to have a website and a flier in a week or
Greg Jan read a letter sent by another candidate that couldn't be there.
Carol Wolman has worked for many years
as a psychiatrist. She has also spent a lot of time working in
coalition with other groups like the Longhouse Coalition to put forth a
progressive platform that we can move forward together on. The
Congressional District she is running in covers the northern coastal
part of California. She needs all the help we can give her to take on
the current incumbent, an awful Republican.
Duane Roberts is a Car Free Orange
County Green Party U. S. Senate Candidate. He has a large and cheerful
personality. He ran his own newspaper for a few years. In earlier
election cycles he helped other Candidates, and he is hoping to build
on that work in this campaign. He expects to do some fun viral campaign
strategies. He gave us an example of an email he sent out that ended up
in the LA Times getting thousands of emails on a subject.
Jane Rands may be the only candidate
challenging the guy that just won the special election a couple of
months ago in a safe Republican district.
Dave Heller decided to run against
Barbara Lee when he realized there was nothing progressive about one of
her votes a few years ago. He was a write in two years ago, but now he
is on the ballot.