Sunday, April 13, 2008

Illinois Green Party Files Record Number of Candidates

By the end of today's slating deadline, the Illinois Green Party expects to have some 60 candidates for offices across the state, concluding a major statewide recruiting effort for candidates at federal, state and county levels.

Since the slating period began in early March, the party has added 7 candidates for U.S. Congress and 1 candidate for U.S. Senate for a total of 15 federal legislative offices. Sixteen state legislative candidates were added for a total of 19. At the county level, the
party recruited 10 new candidates, including 5 in Cook County, to bring the total to 26 county candidates across the state.

Illinois ballots will also feature a presidential candidate chosen at the Green Party National Convention in Chicago, July 10-13, 2008.

"Our hard work to establish the party in 2006 has led to the Green Party becoming more competitive in 2008," said Rich Whitney, the 2006 Green Party candidate for governor, who received more 10% of the vote. "I'm encouraged by not only the number of candidates, but the high caliber of candidates for offices at all levels of government."


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