Greens Run for Office

2014 GP candidates – watch for them on a ballot near you.

Governor 

Isa Infante

I want to run for Governor of the State of Tennesse as a Green Party candidate. I have been Coordinating Chair of the Knox County Green Party since January 2013 and previously ran for Mayor of Knoxville in 2007.

I see this journey as a grassroots, party-building endeavor serving primarily the following purposes: 1.  visibility – many people in Tennessee are not aware that the Green
Party exists and that they have viable choices other than the two dominant parties (Democrats and Republicans); 2.  education – to get the Green Party message out to the public (the 10 key values); 3.  recruitment – to attract people to the Green Party and increase our membership.

My educational background includes a Ph.D. in political science (University of California; Yale), and a law degree (Northeastern Law School in Boston).  I was born in the Dominican Republic of Dominican and Puerto Rican parents and arrived in the US in 1945 at the age of three.  I have been a US citizen for almost as long.

In the 60s I was elected to the state central committee of the California Peace & Freedom Party.

In the 70s, while in graduate school, I was an officer in the Puerto Rican Socialist Party. Later, I was an academic dean at one of the State University of New York (SUNY) campuses in Manhattan.  During that period I also worked at the White House alongside Sarah Weddington, author of Roe v. Wade, creating an Interdepartmental Task
Force on Women.

In the 80s I was director of the Latin American Studies program at Jersey City State College and also a professor of Political Science. In 1986 I moved to Tennessee to create a bluegrass band and lived in Nashville, Sugar Tree (near Camden) and Dickson.

I arrived in Knoxville in 1991, went to California for a couple of years in the mid- 90s to care for my mother who was ill at the time. I also left for another three years – 2002 to 2005 – to attend law school in Boston.

During my time in Knoxville I have been active in theatre as well as in community organizations.  At present I live in public housing and was recently elected Secretary of the Resident Association.  I also participate in the Neighborhood Watch, the community garden, a community Improv comedy troupe, a feminist collective, a couple of
community health & fitness groups, and I’m in the process of researching and writing on the female labor slave trade in the US and also writing my memoir.

I want to continue making a positive contribution to making this a better world for all of us and not just for the privileged few.  I believe this campaign will be an important way of contributing.  Thank you in advance for your support.

United States Senate

Martin Pleasant

martinpleasant@gmail.com

Martin Pleasant is a devoted husband and father and an active member of his community. He understands service and sacrifice, having been raised in an Army family. When his father’s service ended, the family settled in East Tennessee. During the times Martin’s family struggled financially, he remembers his mother counting tips to make rent. In spite of adversity, he learned the Golden Rule from his Mamaw and always treated everyone with respect regardless of their background.

As a teenager, Martin loved to hunt, fish, climb ridges, and explore valleys and creeks with his friends. He first developed a concern for the environment when he saw many dead fish float by while he was swimming in a stream. He began to see the impact humans have on the environment.Martin lives in South Knoxville and works with the Knox County Engineering & Public Works department, where he solves drainage problems and restores unhealthy creeks. His service includes crafting new ordinances that promote ecological practices in community development. He and his wife Virginia, along with their children, put these principles to action at home, ope rating a small organic farm and community garden space near Vestal, Tennessee.
Martin has also devoted himself to the welfare of Tennessee and its citizens by doing volunteer work with Americorps, Community Creek Clean-ups, River Rescue, coaching youth sports, and serving as President of Vine Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO).
Martin holds two degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville-Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. Martin’s education and experience have given him the ability to work with a diverse group of people to solve problems.  He feels that this is a valuable skill to bring to public service in the U.S. Senate.

Martin is committed to the best interests of Tennessee. He would be honored to serve the great citizens of Tennessee in the US Senate.

Martin Pleasant for Senate Facebook page

martinpleasant.com

Unites States House of Representatives

District 1

Bob Smith

1bigtree@comcast.net

I was born in Titusville, PA and grew up on part of the Seneca Reservation at Kinuza, PA. When I was 18 I joined the Navy, and spent almost 21 years there, mostly working with aircraft armaments. I spent 11 months and 13 days at sea around the time of the Cuban Crisis on a Radar Picket Ship, doing Air Control for the overflights of Cuba, and pilot retrieval if they got into difficulty. In 1980 I got out of the Navy and moved to Texas. I couldn’t go home, because, thanks to Kinuza dam, my hometown was under 700 feet of water. I married Jean in November of that year, and she has remained my steadfast partner ever since. I spent most of the 80′s and 90′s working at military-related jobs both in the U.S. and abroad, including “doing time” as a civilian contractor in Saudi Arabia. As i approached retirement, I got bitten by “the Green bug” and realized that the Green Party was an excellent way to express the Native American values with which I was raised. My platform as a Congressional candidate is to bring those values to bear on the many problems that have arisen since illegal immigrants from Europe hijacked my continent.

Bob Smith for US Congress Facebook page

District 2

Norris Dryer

norrisdryer@yahoo.com

I was born in Elkhart, Indiana on 4/12/43, and earned degrees in Mass Communications and Music History from Indiana University and Boston University respectively. I had a 41 year career in radio, mostly public radio, and continue to play violin in 3 East Tennessee orchestras, Knoxville, Oak Ridge and Kingsport. I was raised a Republican, became a Democrat while at IU and joined the Knox Greens in 2002. In 2003, I ran for Knoxville City Council as a Green candidate in a non-partisan race, and, although I didn’t get elected, I got 17% of the vote in a 4 person race. I think most Americans are really fed up with our 2 party system, which gives Greens a real opportunity.

 

TN State Senate

District 23

Amy Balderrama

 

TN State House

District 54

Martin Holsinger