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MOUNTAIN PARTY NOMINATES DANNY LUTZ FOR GOVERNOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(WEST VIRGINIA — June 20, 2020) The West Virginia Mountain Party today nominated Daniel P. “Danny” Lutz for Governor at its biennial State Convention, which was conducted via Zoom video conferencing. The convention was originally planned to be held in Braxton County.

Re-elected on the June 9th election, Lutz has served as Conservation District Supervisor for the Eastern Panhandle, representing Jefferson County since 2016. Lutz, a Commissioned Air Force Veteran, is one of two elected Conservation District Supervisors who are active members of the Mountain Party. 

Former Mayor of Ranson and Former President of the Jefferson County Commission, Gregory Lance, was nominated for Jefferson County Sheriff. Other candidates nominated by convention include Donald Kinnie for State Senate (15), Robert E. Smith for House of Delegates (59), and Mary Kinnie for House of Delegates (60).

Nominated by primary election include Steve Hamilton for House of Delegates, seeking one of four seats, in the 48th District and David Tabb for Jefferson County Assessor, where no Republican filed to run for office.

Business addressed by the party included officer elections and amending party documents. Amendments were adopted to the bylaws to clearly affirm the party’s identity as West Virginia’s Green Party, in addition to updating its membership structure and nominating procedure. The convention was recessed to address platform amendments in the near future. 

The timing of the State Convention coincides with a major announcement from the Howie Hawkins / Angela Walker campaign for President and Vice President. Today the ticket has clinched enough delegates to secure the Green Party nomination and will be on the ballot in West Virginia on the “Mountain” ballot line. 

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Updated June 21, 4:35 p.m.

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Condemnation of Trump’s Intention to Designate “Antifa” a Terrorist Organization

The recent decision of President Trump to seek the designation of “Antifa” as a terrorist organization is alarming. “Antifa” is not an organization; it has no leaders, no membership, no meetings, and no structure. “Antifa” is simply a contraction of the term “anti-fascist.” And what are the goals of anti-fascists? As our friends in the Green Party of California stated in their recent statement: “AntiFa defends and supports the right of oppressed and marginalized people to protest, march, and engage in civil disobedience in pursuit of justice. While it is never our intent to engage in violent or destructive behavior, we cannot and will not take responsibility for telling people how they are allowed to be righteously outraged. We prefer and encourage non-violent action. We also understand that some people aren’t feeling that nice anymore. Their feelings are entirely justified, and it is neither our role nor our privilege to tell them otherwise.”

If pushed forward, the designation of “Antifa” as a terrorist organization would give the Trump administration and future administrations free reign to target, harass, arrest, and neutralize anybody who dares to openly oppose fascism, especially those who consider themselves progressives, socialists, anarchists, or communists. Indeed, we have already witnessed such antagonistic state behavior from the former FBI COINTELPRO program in the 20th century, and we are witnessing already the President’s calls for lethal force against those who are standing up against state violence, who are mostly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This is unacceptable.

Fascism is capitalism in decay. It is an attempt by capitalist state and corporate forces to tighten their grip by actively opposing a society in which all people are guaranteed the basic necessities of life. A society in which there are no longer oppressive social strata which divide people by class, race, nationality, or creed. A society in which all people are treated equally — this is the demand of anti-fascists and it is the demand of the Mountain Party. In the words of the late great James Connolly: We only want the earth.

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Mountain Party: Calls For West Virginia Green New Deal, Opposes Boondoggle Appalachian Storage Hub

The Mountain Party proposes a Green New Deal for West Virginia, to create high paying, secure jobs to build the future economic infrastructure based in clean, renewable energy. Our goal is a 100% clean energy system by 2030, in addition to reconstructing all economic sectors for ecological sustainability, from agriculture and manufacturing to housing and transportation.

The Green New Deal for West Virginia must include an Economic Bill of Rights, a concept introduced by President Roosevelt in 1944 to develop programs to secure basic economic human rights for all. Additionally, it must include a Green Economy Reconstruction Program, to reinvigorate rural communities, create living wage jobs, and protect the environment.

Once feedback from the public is gathered, the Mountain Party will devise specific policies to address

Our detailed Economic Bill of Rights will include the following:

  • Job Guarantee
  • Basic Income Guarantee
  • Housing and Transportation For All
  • Medicare For All / National Health Service 
  • Lifelong Free Public Education
  • A Secure Retirement

Our Green Economy Reconstruction Program will include the following:

  • Interstate Renewable Electricity System
    • West Virginia’s Geothermal potential alone could power the Eastern Seaboard
  • Public Power Utilities
  • Public-ownership of fossil fuels (to be phased out)
  • Investment in Public Transit
  • Energy Efficient Buildings with Rooftop Solar
  • Publicly Owned High-Speed Internet System
  • Infrastructure Reconstruction
  • Green Manufacturing
  • Agriculture and Rural Reconstruction
  • Civilian Conservation Corps
  • Zero-Waste Recycling

In order to achieve these goals, we can no longer continue to build new fossil fuel infrastructure. 

Therefore, the West Virginia Mountain Party opposes the creation of the Appalachian Storage Hub petrochemical complex, a short-sighted, boondoggle that will only further exacerbate climate change and increase the likelihood of an environmental disaster.

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RESULTS – 2020 Presidential Primary

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Howie Hawkins has won West Virginia’s Mountain (Green) presidential primary, securing all five Presidential Nominating Convention Delegates. In addition, Hawkins won the majority of the vote in all three congressional districts.

No other candidates secured enough votes to win a delegate. The Mountain Party uses simple proportional representation to allocate delegates, without the use of fractional delegates nor defaulting to uncommitted delegates. West Virginia’s Delegates are bound to the Mountain Party’s binding primary vote.

The following table is the official primary results:

CandidatesVote PercentDelegate Count
Howie Hawkins78.3%5 Delegates
David Rolde8.7%0 Delegates
Jesse Ventura (write-in)8.7%0 Delegates
Dario Hunter4.3%0 Delegates

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Mountain Party Donates to Paden City, Calls for Radical Action

The Mountain Party, West Virginia’s Green Party affiliate, in the Northern Region donated $550 to the people of Paden City for the purchasing of water and medical tests for the town’s residents who are currently experiencing a water crisis.

According to West Virginia Public Broadcasting, “Late last month, the city-run water authority sent a notice to residents warning PCE, [a chemical commonly used in dry cleaning], was present in the water at nearly three times the federal limit. The notice stated the water was safe to drink in the short term, but could lead to long term health problems including an increased risk of cancer. City officials are working on a fix, but some residents are asking both how long they’ve been exposed to the chemical and if that exposure may have impacted their health.” 

The issue of water contamination is unfortunately not new to West Virginia, and this most recent example in Paden City only proves to further demonstrate the immoralities of capitalism. Under the current system, basic human rights such as clean water and health services are not guaranteed and are instead held hostage by capitalists and governments for the sake of profit. The Mountain Party of West Virginia, therefore, calls for the socialization of the all critical infrastructure, including water and healthcare services. This means direct, democratic community control over all assets which are essential for the functioning of society and the livelihood of all citizens. The Mountain Party, furthermore, calls for the implementation of a process for recall elections, so that in the event that the elected officials of any polity fail to carry out their duties, they may be recalled by the citizens for a new election. For the citizens of Paden City, this would grant them the power to petition for the recall of any elected official which they feel has failed them during this current crisis. 

Crises such as this will continue to occur so long as we do not hold out elected officials to account and so long as clean water and healthcare services are not guaranteed as human rights. A radical transformation of our political and economic systems is required in order for all citizens of Paden City and West Virginia more broadly to truly live wildly, wonderfully, and freely.

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Statement of Solidarity With Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals

The Mountain Party supports the human rights and dignity of transgender and nonbinary individuals. West Virginia has the highest rate of transgender youth in the country; therefore, it would be amiss of us to not address transphobia within another accredited State Green Party.

The recent conduct of the Georgia Green Party is unacceptable and we sincerely hope that the party will rescind its recent platform amendments (which contradict the national platform) and work with the Lavender Caucus on justice and reconciliation.

The rights of the LGBTQ community are non-negotiable. We thank every State Green Party, every candidate, and every party member standing in solidarity with the Lavender Greens.

The Mountain Party State Executive Committee, by unanimous decision, signed onto the following petition by the Lavender Caucus and encourage the Green National Committee to take an active role in righting the situation in Georgia.

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Update: SB 733 Passes the Senate, Moves onto the House

As was previously stated, our party drafted Senate Bill 733 to allow a party’s candidate for president to maintain a party’s ballot access if they receive 1% of the vote statewide. Currently, qualification only occurs with candidates for Governor.

SB 733 overwhelmingly passed the Senate, with 24 out of 34 Senators voting in favor.

Our bill has quad-partisan support. Senators Ihlenfeld (D) and Trump (R) introduced the legislation, in addition with support from the Libertarian Party.

Our bill assists in offering uniformity to our nation’s ballot access standards. Bordering States of Maryland and Ohio allow candidates for President, in addition to Governor, to qualify for ballot access. Kentucky and Virginia allow other statewide offices to qualify, however objectively speaking, it is a lower standard than the office of President.

Our bill offers members of political parties a choice in which top-ticket elections they want their respective party to contest. Currently, minor parties are forced to run a candidate for Governor.

Our bill:
➢ adds “President or” before “Governor” in §3-1-8. It is a two-word change.
➢ does not affect minor parties’ ability to acquire ballot access via petitioning.
➢ does not affect major parties whose gubernatorial candidate obtained ≥10%.
➢ does not directly affect state or local government finances.


Tell Your Delegate to Support Common Sense Ballot Access Reform!

Speaker of the House: Roger Hanshaw
Speaker Pro Tempore: Daryl Cowles
Majority Leader: Amy Summers
Assistant Majority Leader: Kayla Kessinger
Majority Whip: Paul Espinosa
Assistant Majority Whips: Martin Atkinson IIIScott CadleCaleb HannaJohn HardyDean JeffriesJohn MandtMatthew Rohrbach
Minority Leader: Tim Miley
Minority Whip: Mike Caputo
Assistant Minority Whips: Sean HornbuckleDavid PethtelIsaac SponaugleRandy SwartzmillerLisa Zukoff

Complete Roster of all Delegates

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Support Common Sense Ballot Access – SB 733 (2020)

The Mountain Party drafted Senate Bill 733 to allow a party’s candidate for president to maintain a party’s ballot access if they receive 1% of the vote statewide. Currently, qualification only occurs with candidates for Governor.

Our bill has quad-partisan support. Senators Ihlenfeld (D) and Trump (R) are sponsoring the legislation, in addition with support from the Libertarian Party.

Our bill assists in offering uniformity to our nation’s ballot access standards. Bordering States of Maryland and Ohio allow candidates for President, in addition to Governor, to qualify for ballot access. Kentucky and Virginia allow other statewide offices to qualify, however objectively speaking, it is a lower standard than the office of President.

Our bill offers members of political parties a choice in which top-ticket elections they want their respective party to contest. Currently, minor parties are forced to run a candidate for Governor.

Our bill:
➢ adds “President or” before “Governor” in §3-1-8. It is a two-word change.
➢ does not affect minor parties’ ability to acquire ballot access via petitioning.
➢ does not affect major parties whose gubernatorial candidate obtained ≥10%.
➢ does not directly affect state or local government finances.


Tell the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to support Common Sense Ballot Access Reform!

Senate Judiciary Committee:

Senator Trump – Chair (Lead Bill Sponsor)
Senator Weld – Vice-Chair
Senator Azinger
Senator Baldwin
Senator Beach
Senator Clements
Senator Cline
Senator Hardesty
Senator Jeffries
Senator Lindsay
Senator Maynard
Senator Pitsenbarger
Senator Romano
Senator Rucker
Senator Smith
Senator Takubo
Senator Woelfel

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2020 Presidential Nominating Procedure

The State Executive Committee of the Mountain Party, the Green Party of West Virginia, is announcing the candidate qualifications and procedure for its party facilitated primary.

Qualification:
Candidates meeting all of the criteria established by the Green Party’s Presidential Campaign Support Committee will have their names printed on the ballot. Unrecognized candidates have one month to meet the criteria. The ballot access deadline is March 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Candidates without ballot access will automatically be recognized as write-in candidates.

Procedure:
The Presidential Preference Poll, not facilitated by the West Virginia Secretary of States’s elections division, will be conducted by mail-in and verifiable digital means. No later than March 10 will ballots be mailed to active registered voters designated as “Mountain” or “Green” affiliation. Independent voters, not voting in another primary, may vote in this election, per our bylaws. Voting will be completed on May 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time. Unofficial results will be announced within 24 hours, with delegate projection. Verified results will be made available and certified at the state convention. 

Proportional Representation will be used to allocate the 5 Presidential Nominating Convention delegates to the candidates. For simplicity and fairness, a candidate’s total vote percentage will be multiplied by 5 and rounded to the nearest whole number. If there are more than two candidates receiving votes, mathematically no candidates can be guaranteed a delegate with a static threshold, such as greater than 10% = 1. Delegate allocation will prioritize candidates with higher vote counts.

For Example: Candidate X receives 79.0%, candidate Y receives 10.6%, and candidate Z receives 10.4%. Candidate Y will be awarded a delegate over candidate Z, as Y has the higher vote percent and there is only one delegate remaining:

CandidateVote PercentDelegates Awarded
X79.0%.790 x 5 = 3.95 or 4
Y10.6%.106 x 5 = 0.53 or 1
Z10.4%.104 x 5 = 0.52 or 0

Timeline:

  • February 3 – Notify Presidential Candidates
  • March 3 @ 11:59 pm – Ballot Access Deadline (70 Days Before May 12)
  • March 4 – Verifiable Digital Voting Begins
  • March 10 – Ballots are Mailed
  • April 28 – Fortnight Warning To Return Mailed Ballots
  • May 12 @ 7:30 pm – Voting Ends
  • May 13 – Unofficial Results Announced
  • June TBA – Allocation of Delegates Formally Made At State Convention
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2020 Call For Candidates

The Mountain Party is looking for qualified candidates to run for elected office. We are seeking candidates with a bold Green vision and the desire to run a successful campaign. We want candidates who are ready to engage voters and build our party. Furthermore, we want candidates who share the values and platform of the Mountain Party.

We are encouraging West Virginians everywhere to step up and run for office. Seats around the state are up for election, including for board of education and conservation district supervisor. Local level races are winnable, with a foundation of local Mountain officeholders to achieve even bigger wins in the future.

Candidates who start early on their campaigns have a better chance of success and that’s why it’s important that you get started right away. Filing deadlines are fast approaching; we highly recommend candidates file by January 25th.

Across the state, Mountain Party candidates will challenge establishment incumbents in upcoming elections. We need leaders with experience in public speaking, administration and planning. It is critical to have a comprehensive understanding of financial reports and budgets.

We are especially interested in candidates who are members of under-represented groups, as there is strength in diversity. It takes everyone of us to advocate for better public policy and a brighter future.

Mountain Party officeholders are currently working diligently to represent the voters who elected them. Our elected conservation district supervisors are actively working to protect our environment, in opposition to toxic fracking and pipelines. They are standing with the people in opposition to the expansion of corporate power and control. They are reaching out to voters of diverse backgrounds and are bringing together coalitions of individuals and organizations in their communities in order to improve and strengthen their local governments.

The Mountain Party has a powerful vision for a better West Virginia, but we cannot realize that vision without you.

We urge you to join us in this important effort and become a Mountain Party candidate for office today. We need your skills, energy and passion for making the world a cleaner, kinder and more sustainable place for all of us to live.

For the Common Good.

All candidates are expected to understand the terms of official recognition.

Interested potential candidates should contact the Mountain Party Chair:

Denise Binion
dbinion@gmail.com
304-669-0247