Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Bulletin 4.3: Candidates File, State Convention Agenda Set

THE SC GREEN PARTY BULLETIN
Volume 4, No. 3 – April 11, 2006
www.scgreenparty.org

FEATURES:

(1) CANDIDATES FILE FOR 2006 ELECTIONS
(2) AGENDA FOR STATE CONVENTION ON APRIL 22nd
(3) NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR STEERING COMMITTEE ELECTIONS

CONTINUING:

(A) LOCAL UPDATES
(B) VOLUNTEER FOR 2006 ELECTION CAMPAIGNS
(C) VOLUNTEER FOR A STATE OR NATIONAL COMMITTEE
(D) RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS
(E) JOIN OUR DISCUSSION FORUM
(F) CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SCGP STEERING COMMITTEE
(G) GREEN PARTY OFFICE-HOLDERS
(H) ABOUT THE SC GREEN PARTY BULLETIN


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(1) CANDIDATES FILE FOR 2006 ELECTIONS **********************************************************************

Seven candidates have filed to be on the Green Party ballot line in November. Three have already been officially nominated by delegates to the Richland County Green Party Convention: Kenneth Styer for House District 75, Alvin Portee for County Council District 4, and Nammu Muhammad for County Council 5.

Four other candidates will be voted on by delegates to the State Convention: James Dunn for Congressional District 1, Faye Walters for Congressional District 4, Antonio Williams for Congressional District 6, and Arnold Karr for State Superintendent of Education.

To volunteer to help with their campaigns, please respond to this Bulletin or contact the candidates directly (see contact information in section B below).


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(2) AGENDA FOR STATE CONVENTION ON APRIL 22nd **********************************************************************

The SC Green Party's annual State Convention will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22nd, at the Modjeska Simkins Center, 2025 Marion Street (between Calhoun & Elmwood), in Columbia. We will follow our usual agenda, beginning with elections for the Steering Committee, then nominations for federal and statewide offices, and then elections for delegates to the national Green Party convention.

Everyone is encouraged to attend! Official delegates to the state convention have been chosen through precinct meetings and county conventions leading up to the state convention, following the timetable set up in the bylaws; however, all SC Green Party members are encouraged to participate in our planning for the upcoming election cycle.


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(3) NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR STEERING COMMITTEE ELECTIONS **********************************************************************

Nominations are now closed for the Steering Committee elections. Committee members will be elected by delegates to the State Convention. Five people have accepted nominations to be on the ballot:

Bill Bobo

My name is Bill Bobo, from North Augusta, SC. I have been active member of the South Carolina Green Party from its birth. I do not belong to any other political party. I'm a card-carrying Green Party member. What I want is a strong and healthy South Carolina Green Party.

Elaine Mangum

I have been an active member of the Midlands Green Party for 2 years, and I now serve as the SCGP contact person for the Green Party's national Coordinated Campaign Committee. I am a paralegal at a small law firm in Northeast Columbia. I am currently pursuing a Masters degree at USC in Special Education, focusing on children who have emotional and behavioral disabilities.

Leslie Minerd

Leslie Minerd, a current member the Steering Committee, owns Hip-Wa-Zee, a vintage clothing and costume shop. One of her passions is and has been trying to slow down the environmental destruction of the planet. She has put lots and lots of volunteer hours into various conservation groups such as Environmentalists Inc., Carolina Peace Resource Center (CPRC), and Citizens Local Environmental Action Network (CLEAN). She has also worked with foster children through Continuum of Care. In 2000, she, along with a handful of dedicated volunteers, got Nader on the S.C. ballot and campaigned for him statewide. Leslie would like to see the Green party become more of a statewide organization. She thinks that, not only should we work on promoting Green candidates, but we should take on local conservation and social justice issues.

Laura Sima

I am a student at the University of South Carolina studying environmental chemistry. I have been involved with USC Green Party since my freshman year (fall 2003) and worked with the state Green Party during the fall 2004 elections. I am president of Students Allied for a Greener Earth on the USC campus and have worked with Carolina Peace Resources Center on a number of projects, including a get out the vote effort in 2004 (where I helped coordinate the campus effort). I have been involved in cleanup advocacy for the Savannah River Site since my freshman year and worked with the nuclear issues committee of the Carolina Peace Resources Center. During the fall 2004 political campaign I also helped a virtual greens groups translate material for outreach to Latino communities.

Antonio Williams

I have served on the Steering Committee for the past year and have been active in the Midlands Green Party for the past two years. I was endorsed by the Midlands Green Party as a write-in candidate for State Senate in 2004 and ran for an at-large seat in the 2006 Columbia City Council elections. I am currently President of the Association Progressive Black Caucus, a grassroots community organization that was formed in 2001. The organization explores the concerns of the people within the community and formulates plans in order to resolve whatever issues there are. I work in construction and serve as Associate Pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church.


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(A) LOCAL UPDATES
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One major priority this year is to build strong local Green Party organizations in every area of the state. If you see a local party for your area in the list below, please contact the person listed. If you don’t see a local in your area, please volunteer to help organize a local group (especially if you're in Charleston)! For assistance to get you started, contact Bill Bobo, newwines@aol.com, 803-279-9604.

MIDLANDS GREEN PARTY (Richland/Lexington):
Next meeting TBA, Simkins Center, 2025 Marion Street, Columbia.
For more information, contact David Whiteman, davidpwhiteman@yahoo.com, 803-799-1205.

AIKEN COUNTY GREEN PARTY (Aiken/North Augusta):
Next meeting TBA. Held at 3514 Gamble Road (off of Gregg, between Richland Ave and Trolley Line Road, about 2-3 blocks south of Trolley Line Road).
For more information contact Bill Bobo, newwines@aol.com, 803-279-9604.

YORK COUNTY GREENS (York/Chester/Lancaster/Cherokee):
Next meeting: April 15th.
For more information, contact Gregg Jocoy, GreggJocoy29715@yahoo.com, 803-547-212.


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(B) VOLUNTEER FOR 2006 ELECTION CAMPAIGNS
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We have seven candidates running in the 2006 elections, and they need your support! To volunteer to help with their campaigns, reply to this Bulletin or contact the candidate directly:

James E. Dunn (U.S. Congress, District 1)
2970 Newberry Trail, Garden City, SC 29576
(h) 843-651-2677, (w) 843-293-7611
aquarius@sccoast.net

Faye Walters (U.S. Congress, District 4)
1178 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC 29607
(h) 864-631-7945
faye4congress@yahoo.com

Antonio Williams (U.S. Congress, District 6)
1517 Manning Avenue, Columbia, SC 29204
(h) 803-605-5084

Arnold Karr (State Superintendent of Education)
412 S. Edisto Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
(h) 803-256-7108, (w) 803-896-3045
akarr@sc.rr.com

Kenneth Styer (SC House, District 75)
67 Downing Street, Columbia, SC 29209
(h) 803-782-1412
styersc@earthlink.net

Alvin Portee (Richland County Council, District 4)
817 Chester Street, Columbia, SC 29201
(h) 803-256-1945, (w) 803-699-3580 x3129

Nammu Muhammad (Richland County Council, District 5)
1517 Manning Avenue, Columbia, SC 29204
(h) 803-414-4426


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(C) VOLUNTEER FOR A STATE OR NATIONAL COMMITTEE
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Our state and national committees need your skills!

(a) State. Opportunities exist for volunteers on all state committees, including communication, fundraising, website, elections, and outreach and membership. If you're interested, please reply to this email and let us know about your interests and skills.

(b) National. The SCGP is eligible to have representatives serve on most of the national USGP committees. For a list of committees, check out www.gpus.org/committees.html. If you’re interested in becoming a member, please reply to this email.


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(D) RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS
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Encourage your friends to become members of the SCGP. The best way is just have them sign up through our website (www.scgreenparty.org). Or they can send their name, address, and phone number in reply to this email. We will add them to our mailing list and forward their names to our local organizers.


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(E) JOIN OUR DISCUSSION FORUM!
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In addition to the SCGP Bulletin, which is distributed 2-3 times a month, the SCGP maintains a discussion/action forum for its members. If you are interested in receiving more frequent emails about issues and events related to green politics, please join the our Discussion Forum by sending an email to:

SC-GreenParty_Forum-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


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(F) CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SCGP STEERING COMMITTEE
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Bill Bobo, newwines@aol.com
(h) 803-279-9604
908 Fairlane Ave, North Augusta, SC 29841

Preston Holston, preston@scgreens.com
(h) 803-233-3132, ( c ) 803-360-1839
1117 Woodrow St, Columbia, SC 29205

Elaine Mangum, elainemangum@gmail.com
(h) 803-237-8441
2855 Superior St, Columbia, SC 29205

Leslie Minerd, hipwazee@gmail.com
(h) 803-799-9297, (w) 803-376-1500
2716 Blossom St, Columbia, SC 29205

Nammu Muhammad
(h) 803-414-4426
1517 Manning Ave, Columbia, SC 29204

David Whiteman, davidpwhiteman@yahoo.com
(w) 803-777-4548, (h) 803-799-1205
200 Harden St, Columbia, SC 29205

Antonio Williams
(h) 803-605-5084
1517 Manning Ave, Columbia, SC 29204

SCGP delegates to Green National Committee:
Preston Holston (delegate)
David Whiteman (alternate)


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(G) GREEN PARTY OFFICE-HOLDERS
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Preston Holston (appointed)
Conservation Commission
Richland County

Lee Jane Kaufman (appointed)
Tree and Beautification Commission
City of Columbia


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(H) ABOUT THE SC GREEN PARTY BULLETIN
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