Contact: Chuck Fall
Portland Metro Pacific Green Party
The Pacific Green Party will field a record number of candidates for county, state legislative and federal congress seats. Candidates will hold a press conference Monday, August 23 at 11a.m. at the Capitol Press Corps and Associate Press room in the Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon to announce their candidacies. Deadline for filing voter pamphlet statements, minor party nomination and other documents is August 24.
Candidates expected to declare their candidacy include: Teresa Keane for 1st Congressional District; Mitch Besser for 5th Congressional District; Jeff Strang for state Senate District 22; Steve Geiger for state House District 28; Liz Trojan for state House District 35; Curt Sommer for state House 37; Chuck Fall for state House District 42 and Lori Burton for Linn County Commissioner #2.
David Cobb will be on the Oregon ballot as the Pacific Green candidate for U.S. President. Patricia LaMarche will be the Vice-Presidential candidate.
Chuck Fall, green party candidate and co-chair of the Portland Metro Pacific Greens dismisses claims from Democratic Party activists that greens will spoil chances for moderates to get into state and federal legislatures. "It won't make any difference if a Democrat is not re-elected to these legislatures. The Republicans already dominate the federal congress and the Oregon state house. There is nothing to spoil. More likely, a Green can infuse new ideas because they aren't encumbered by party animosity. They can reach across party lines and build coalitions around shared interests," he said.