The Mountain Party is a ballot-qualified party in West Virginia, leading progressive policy and fighting for Working Families. Our platform is framed around democracy, ecology, justice, and peace.
We lead on key issues, including decriminalization of cannabis, defense of collective bargaining (support for unions), investment in public education, and protection of the public’s health and environment. Our advocacy for workers and their families is unwavering. We are a people-powered party. Your Progressive Voice. Your Mountain Party.
The party was created in 2000 as a result of Denise Giardina’s campaign for governor. Giardina was ahead of her time, and raised issues in her campaign that have become even more critical today. The other candidates didn’t want to debate “issues of unfair taxation, corporate favoritism, sales tax on food, and the lack of timber regulation” her campaign manager explained.
“West Virginia’s lack of care for the environment,” Giardina stated, “can be traced directly to the lack of political leadership and the co-opting of our political process by industry. Coal set the tone, and others have taken advantage of the situation.”
The Mountain Party continues that view today. The party is currently headed by state chair Denise Binion and vice-chair Rusty Williams, and is the West Virginia affiliate of the Green Party of the United States.
View the Mountain Party PLATFORM to learn more about its values.