Press Release: 50 Candidates File to Run as Greens in Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2013
GREEN PARTY OF TEXAS
P.O. Box 271080, Houston, TX 77277-1080 / Ph: (713) 866-6285 /
Houston - The Texas Green Party has recruited more than 50 candidates
for state and local office across Texas to occupy the ballot in 2014.
This is historically the largest number of Green Party candidates that
will appear on the ballot in Texas.
"We are very excited to be running so many principled progressive
candidates throughout the state," said David Wager, co-chair of the
Texas Green Party.
"Our goal is to provide a progressive alternative to the other two
parties in Texas and offer voters more voices and more choices than they
might otherwise have on the ballot," Wager said.
The most widely known candidate is food safety advocate and
whistleblower Kenneth Kendrick of Wilson, who is running for Agriculture
Kendrick was a former manager of a Plainview peanut plant, operated by
the now defunct Peanut Corp. of America, where he alerted authorities
and the public regarding alleged food safety violations. PCA went
bankrupt after a nationwide salmonella outbreak that was traced to the
Plainview plant. Seven people died and hundreds suffered from severe
Many green candidates, including Martina Salinas of Fort Worth, who is
campaigning for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission, advocate
regulating, limiting or banning the oil and gas extraction process known
as hydraulic fracturing.
"With our state's future and the future of our families in mind, we need
to hold all fracking operations, especially waste water disposal, to a
high standard," said Martina Salinas.
"Even if it means stopping operations, we must ensure that our
children's children and beyond can enjoy the beauty that is Texas,"
Other green candidates for statewide office include Emily Marie Sanchez
of Del Rio for United States Senate; Brandon Parmer of Dallas for
Governor; Chandrakantha Courtney of Houston for Lt. Governor; Jamar
Osborne of Dallas for Attorney General; Deb Shafto of Houston for
Comptroller; and Ulises Cabrera of Bryan for General Land Commissioner.
A full list of candidates will be released and a press conference held
on Thursday in cities across the state. Details to follow.