Greens Run for Office


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

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

Unites States House of Representatives

District 1

Bob Smith

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

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.

Candidates for the 2014 GPTN Coordinating Committee


Kate Culver

I am a 57 year old mother, grandmother and partner living in Perry County with my husband, son and a host of farm animals.  I am a Permaculture designer by trade and love working at the intersection of energies, the place where things come together.  Governance and policy making is one of those places for me.  I am a co-founder of the state party and currently serve as a Co-Chair on the Green Party of the US Steering Committee.  I am excited about the number of new Greens that have joined us over the last 2 years.  I would be honored to serve offering a channel from the roots of our Party to its newly forming and expanding branches.


Diane Sorrel

 Occupation: teacher (high school Latin)

 Skills and abilities: My job requires me to work both independently and collaboratively. For most of my teaching career I have been the only Latin teacher in my school or division of my school. I know how to “carry the ball” by myself. I design and implement curriculum and meet numerous daily deadlines. Simultaneously however I have also worked collaboratively as a member of my department. As department chair I have undertaken a variety of projects (implementing new language sequences, researching and obtaining a language lab, curriculum review, hiring, staff evaluation, etc.) and been responsible for a budget. I also have many years of experience in working on a variety of committees (cross divisional and inter-departmental) which have involved research, contacting other schools, writing up of summaries, and pitching new policies and ideas to administrators. I have experience in writing grant proposals and editorial work, as I served as faculty advisor to the high school newspaper for six years. My job entails extensive writing (conference reports, recommendations for summer programs and college admission, intra- and inter-departmental proposals, etc.) and a fair amount of public speaking (presentation of student awards and speaking at meetings and school social functions). My job requires attention to minute details, an ability to work with attention to detail under tight deadlines, and the ability to plan and complete a wide array of projects.

 Interest in the Green Party: Meeting Dr. Stein, when she came to Nashville in November 2012, was a transformational experience and I have been thinking about how I could serve in the Green Party since then. My interest in and concern for the environment has been growing stronger and stronger over the past decades, especially as I see the constant denial of scientific evidence. If war solved problems, humans would have fought their final war at least 3000 years ago (probably more). I support same-sex marriage, freedom of choice, and want to see an expansion of social justice in our country.



Ed Griffith

Fayette County TN

57 years old

Divorced with 2 daughters 18 & 24

President, Griffith Productions, Inc. (independent producer, director  & editor)

1979 Memphis State University, BA Radio, TV, & Film

1974 Hillcrest High School “Go Vikings”

Conceived in Memphis by my parents from poor farms in Elaine & Helena AR, but born in Des Moines Iowa where I spent the first 4 years of life before moving to San Francisco, CA attending kindergarten there.  Then off to Kansas City KS for 4 years before returning to Memphis in 1967.

I agree with the 10 Key values of the Green Party.  Below are my key thoughts on the 10 values:

1 Grassroots Democracy:  professional politicians with father / son(s) holding a seat is not good for the people in the long term.  Citizen politicians are best for democracy.

2 Social Justice & Equal Opportunity: making education a priority in giving people the skills to function in a productive manner.

3 Ecological Wisdom: I am an Eagle Scout.  I try to take care of the earth and practice conservation in all aspects of my life. It is time to end carbon based fuels. I want to be able to do more.

4 Non- Violence: I am a conscientious objector, classified 1-H in the draft which ended right after my 18th birthday. I understand the need for a military but after 9/11 things have gotten out of hand.  Common sense gun controls are needed as well.  Again education.

5 Decentralization: citizen communication with their leaders is imperative.

6 Community Based Economics and Economic Justice:  Tax code simplification along with a “robin hood tax” and tighter regulations on banks will end to big to fail and put some “banksters” in jail. I am a small business owner of over 20 years.

7 Feminism and Gender Equality:  I raised to daughters on of which is gay.

8 Respect for Diversity: Their are intelligent people everywhere and good ideas can come from anywhere.

9 Personal & Global Responsibility: As an adult you are responsible for your actions and how those actions affect the community.

10 Future Focus and Sustainability: Thinking long term, putting off instant gratification, is the only way to leave the world better than we found it.

I have a basic understanding of the political process having helped form the Memphis then Tennessee Film & Music Commission as well as working with the Association For The Future of Film and Television lobby for tax incentives for film production in Tennessee.   And I assisted with Occupy Memphis.

Carlon Don Jones Jr.

I have been Green or green-leaning since 1996. I am an Elder in The United Methodist Church. I serve as a Pastor in Holston Conference UMC. My present appointment is Daisy UMC in Soddy Daisy Tennessee. I am being reassigned this summer. Christy Jones and I have been married 23 years. Christy is a new member of the state party. She is an English teacher at Hixson High School, Hixson, TN. I am a native of Maryville, TN. I graduated from Alcoa High School, Alcoa TN. I received my BA from Oklahoma Christian University and my MDiv from Emory University. We have two sons. Both Philip and Sean attend Soddy Daisy High School. My facebook page is Carlons Don Jones.

Don Land

GPUS Representative

Martin Pleasant (see above)

GPUS Alternate Rep

Diane Sorrel (see above)