It's time. It's time we break the stranglehold the two party system has had on our politics for over 100 years. It's time we elected people who refuse to take corporate money. It's time we put people in office who actually understand the importance of science and ecology. It's time to send a Green to the United States Senate.
Make no mistake, I am running to win. The voters I'm trying to reach are the 70%. Most elections, only about 30% of the eligible voters actually turn up at the polls. People are so disillusioned with the two ordinary parties that they just don't vote. This is not surprising, 70% of Americans wanted a public option in the health care bill. They were denied. Also, about 70% oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership. Congress is in the process of betraying them, right now. Most Americans understand climate change is real, and don't want drilling in the Arctic. But, the majority of Americans also feel that they don't have a voice in government. By giving them a real choice, a Green Party candidate who refuses to take corporate donations, we will turn out enough votes to vote Rob Portman out of office and send the first Green to the U.S. Senate! Together, we will make history!
The Green Party has its official Party status, thanks to an incredible effort to put our 2014 gubernatorial candidates on the ballot as write-ins. This succeeded, and Anita Rios and Bob Fitrakis went on to win 3% of the vote, giving the Party more than enough support to maintain its status for another 2 years. More than 100,000 people voted Green in Ohio in 2014!
Now, in 2016, we have a chance to grow the Green Party itself. By getting on the ballot for the March 15, 2016 primary, we have triggered a state wide primary. This year, anyone in all 88 counties of Ohio can join the Green Party by asking for a Green Party ballot and voting for Joe. This is crucial if we want to make the kinds of changes that are happening in other countries with strong Green Parties: switching to clean energy; strengthening local Democracy; and protecting human rights.
VOTE GREEN IN 2016!
News and Happenings
Earth Day Message
I'm writing this on the eve of Earth Day. It was one year ago, on Earth Day 2015, that I announced my candidacy for U.S. Senate on the Green Party line. I want to thank you all for the contributions you made to the primary campaign. We could not have come this far without you.
So, now it's time for the full election campaign to begin. We have established our base camp at the foot of Mount Everest. We have everything we need. A year's worth of planning and effort have put is in a position for realizing our goal. Now we have to actually climb the mountain. Now we actually beat Rob Portman and put a Green into the Senate. For the next phase of the campaign, we are going back to face to face contact. One conversation with a voter is more effective than ten TV ads. We are going to establish weekly door to door canvassing in as many communities as possible between now and November. Our goal is 1,000 volunteers knocking on doors all across Ohio.
I would also like to ask you to help us by putting up our campaign posters around your neighborhood. I've attached a copy of our great poster to this email. Feel free to share it on social media. Laundromats, community centers, telephone poles, and coffee shops are all effective places to put up some posters. We also need people to pass out flyers at big events like the upcoming Taste of Cincinnati on May 28. We already have canvasses planned for Newark on May 7 and Sylvania on May 14.
There are also still some key positions in my campaign team that need to be filled. We already have a Webmaster and Financial officer, and a Volunteer Coordinator. The remaining positions are; Campaign Manager, Press Secretary, Fundraiser, and Social Media Coordinator. If you are interested in any of these positions, please send me your qualifications, immediately. Also, if there's someone you could recommend, let me know.
We've come a long way since I announced my candidacy. We can see the peak of the mountain from our base camp. Of course, there are many potential dangers and pitfalls between here and our goal. We have to take thousands of steps between here and the peak. That means knocking on thousands of doors, passing out thousands of flyers, and hanging thousands of posters. To do that, we need your help. We need people to train and coordinate canvassers, get posters and flyers printed, and make sure that materials are distributed to volunteers. We also need someone willing to help raise the funds to get the posters printed, and someone to fight to make sure our campaign is covered by the press. If you can't be one of the core staff, please continue on this journey with me as a volunteer. Every door knock, poster hung, and flyer passed out is another step towards a Green future. Let's make that future happen, together. Let's put a Green in the U.S. Senate.
At the AIDS walk in Columbus
Joe Speaks at Ohio Green Party Convention!
At the Ohio Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention Joe got to address the crowd. In a humorous and entertaining speech, he unveiled his campaign poster and explained how we are going to save the world. Watch the video of his speech by clicking the link below.
See Joe's Speech to the Greens in Columbus!
Primary Day Message
Today is primary day in Ohio. There were many reasons I decided to run for U.S. Senate one year ago. First and most importantly, it's time to send a Green to the U.S. Senate. We need to send someone in the Senate who understands what most Ohioans experience every day. Rob Portman is a multi-millionaire, he has no clue what it's like to have to choose between making a big grocery trip or putting off a car repair. We need someone who hasn't been through the process that turns people who care into politicians who don't.
But another reason I chose to run is so that the Green Party could have a state-wide candidate on the ballot in this primary. Everyone knows that it's time to overthrow the two party system. The Republicans and Democrats make a big show at election time about their differences, but most of the time, they act as one party. They cooperate to pass laws that hurt most Americans and benefit the wealthiest like NAFTA, GATT, TPP, bankruptcy reform, Obamacare (instead of universal single payer), and many more. The way to overthrow the "two" party system is to throw in a little chaos. We need a strong Green Party, a Party that doesn't follow the "rules" of politics today; that won't take corporate money; that isn't controlled by a tiny group of billionaires at the top; that has clear Principles and actually sticks by them when in office. Today, thanks to a tremendous effort by my voluteers all over the state, any Ohioan, in any ward or precinct anywhere in the State can ask for a Green Party ballot and cast a vote to actually change things. Please do.
When I started this campaign, I had no idea that, through the Bernie candidacy, the Democrats would target Green voters so aggressively. As of this morning, there are only 3,800 registered Greens in Ohio. That's too small a group to really make a difference in the millions that are part of the huge Democratic Party machine. But, apparently we're dangerous enough to warrant hundreds of emails, phone calls, tweets, facebook posts, and individual recruitment. It has had an effect. We have lost some Greens to the Democrats. But, I've been encouraged talking to rank and file Greens and ordinary voters all over the State. Many of them realize that after the candy and flowers the Democrats offer are gone, we are all still faced with the challenge of trying to survive on a planet we are destroying, and that the Democrats have proven again and again that they are not up to that challenge. It's time to put in a Party that really WILL fight climate change, racism, and the thousand other problems that are threatening to tear our country apart. It's time to vote Green. Thank You.
Joe interviewed by WAKR
Joe was interviewed today on WAKR 1590 AM in Akron. The interview went very well. WAKR deserves praise for including Greens in their primary election coverage. Many news outlets are not mentioning the Green Party at all, despite the fact that anyone in any ward or precinct in any county in Ohio can go to the polls on Tuesday and ask for a Green Party ballot. Many Ohioans aren't even aware that they have a real choice in this primary. They can choose to join a Party which does not take corporate money and which does follow ten Key Principles. Thanks to an open minded newsroom, those who listen to WAKR do know. Give a listen...
Joe's Interview on WAKR
Joe at Candidates' Forum in Fostoria.
Joe was happy to participate in the Candidates' forum at the Good Shepherd home in Fostoria.
Joe is Interviewed on WSPD!
Joe was interviewed by Fred Lefebvre, local talk show host on the conservative radio station, WSPD 1370 AM in Toledo. Fred is a bit of a Libertarian, but Joe handled himself well and actually got to list the Green Party's Ten Key Principles on the air! Give a listen:
Joe's Interview on WSPD
WE MADE IT ON THE PRIMARY BALLOT!!
On New Year's Eve we received notification from the Secretary of State's office that my name is on the ballot for the March 15 primary for U.S. Senate! Hundreds of Greens all over Ohio helped us gather almost 900 signatures. Our deep thanks to everyone who put in the time and effort to make this happen. We held Pizza/Petition Parties all over the state. Greens gathered signatures from 20 different counties. It was an amazing effort, but only a small taste of what's to come in 2016.
The next step is to grow the Party by getting at least 15,000 people in Ohio to ask for a Green Party ballot in the March 15 primary. In Ohio, the only way to join a political party is to vote in that Party's primary. A base that size will help us springboard up to the 35% of the vote we will need to win in November.
Thank you to everyone who made this possible. I'd like to ask everyone who's reading this to join our effort to overthrow the broken two party system. Ask for a Green Party ballot in March and vote for Joseph DeMare for U.S. Senate. It's Time.
Our New Meme.
We have set a goal of 15,000 votes in the March primary. From January to March, going door-to-door is extremely challenging. So, we will be relying on media for this portion of the campaign. Our plan is to use this meme on as many social media platforms as possible, facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. Please feel free to download this picture and help us by posting it on your own social media accounts. We also plan on using traditional media, such as small, local newspapers, depending on the success of our fundraising efforts. Click the Donate button to help us spread the word that there is an alternative to the two ordinary parties.
Independence Day Message from Joe
On this fourth of July, I am struck by the similarities between our current political situation and that faced by the founders of our country. Like them, we are faced by seemingly insurmountable odds. The two ordinary political parties, working together with corporations and financial institutions, have burdened us with a combination of regressive taxation, corporate tax breaks, high interest rates, and low wages that have left us economically desperate. About a third of Americans have no savings at all.
In addition, pursuing the fantasy of "profit," they have relentlessly destroyed the only source of true material wealth, the ecological systems that support us all. They have cut down our forests, killed the fish, and are daily poisoning our air and water. They use the force of law to prevent us from switching to cleaner technologies, like wind and solar power, that would allow us to obtain the necessities of life without destroying our precious planet. They have taken our homes, burdened us with unpayable debts, and left over 30 million of us to die with no health care. Even though there is more "money" now than there has ever been in human history, we are all poorer because we are living on a dying planet with dwindling resources.
It's clear that we need to overthrow the two party system. At the top, both of these parties act as one. They take money from the same corrupt billionaires and corporations, and act in their interests, not ours.
Those Greens who have been seduced by Bernie Sanders remind me of the Tories. The Tories wanted reforms to the way the British Monarchy ruled the American Colonies without overthrowing the Monarchy. They didn't understand that monarchy is a fundamentally flawed system that inevitably leads to the abuse of power and the oppression of the People. Similarly, a two party system inevitably leads to collusion, corruption, and a separation of the People from decision making.
It's time for America to have a truly vibrant, multi-Party system where the Parties keep each other in check. A system where all the Parties recognize that the Voters, not the dollars, are the ones we are working for. It's time to elect Greens.
Some of us have already pledged our lives and fortunes to this cause. After decades of effort, we are finally on the brink of making it happen. Please join us so that, in 200 years our descendants can look back at this time and say that THIS is the moment that the preserving Mothers and Fathers moved our government away from a culture of corruption and greed and instead towards one of non-violence, ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, and love.
---Joe DeMare, 2016 Green Party Candidate for U.S. Senate from Ohio, www.joedmareforagreenfuture.org
Petitions coming in from all over Ohio
Over 100 petition signatures have been collected so far by more than a dozen canvassers in nine counties. The number of canvassers has been steadily increasing with almost 30 people now carrying petitions. The campaign has set a goal of 500 signatures by July 1 and 1,500 by September 1.
Petition Drive to Put Joe on the Ballot Has Begun!
Petitioners all over the State have begun collecting signatures to put Joe on the ballot in 2016. We need at least 500 valid signatures by December 16, 2015. Since the other parties will challenge those signatures to try to keep us off the ballot, we are aiming to turn in the maximum number allowed, 1,500, to the Secretary of State.
Petitions can only be carried by registered Green Party members, but they can be signed by voters who are either Greens or unaffiliated. Unaffiliated means that they have not voted in another party's primary in the past four years.
Contact Leon at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the effort!
Joe Announces He is in the Race for Senate in 2016!!
4/22/15 At an Earth Day party in his home, Joe DeMare announced that he will be running for U.S. Senate on the Green Party Line in 2016. The first challenge is to collect enough petition signatures to get on the ballot. This effort is beginning immediately. Please go to the Volunteer page to sign up. Help make history in Ohio!